Small hydropower plant Tafitoala and Fausaga commissioned in Samoa

The 460-kW Tafitoala and Fausaga small hydropower plant is being commissioned in Samoa, and Asian Development Bank President Takehiko Nakoa is attending.

In a Jan. 8 press release, ADB said Nakoa and Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi are meeting “to examine opportunities for expanded collaboration and sign an agreement establishing a permanent ADB office in Samoa.”

The Tafitoala and Fausaga hydro plant is part of the Renewable Energy Development and Power Sector Rehabilitation Project, which is adding 3.3 MW of new hydropower to the grid and rehabilitating small hydro plants damaged by Cyclone Evan in 2012, ADB says. This project “will rehabilitate three small hydropower plants on Upolu and construct three new hydropower plants on Upolu and Savai’i.”

The three rehabilitations were completed in December 2017: 1.74-MW Fale ole Fee, 1.9-MW Samasoni and 1.05-MW Alaoa.

Samoa has a target of going 100% renewable and weaning off its dependence on imported fossil fuels for power generation. As part of this, the country is rehabilitating its old hydropower plants and building new ones.

As of 2012, ADB says, the country had a total installed grid-connected power capacity of about 42 MW, with 30 MW of that being diesel generators and about 11 MW hydropower plants. About 95% of households have access to grid electricity.

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