American Samoa receives more than $7.4 million in State Energy Program
The US has awarded American Samoa more than $7.4 million in State Energy Program funding.
U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu, announced that the funding will speed up adoption of efficiency and renewable energy technologies for the Territory.
â€œThis is great news for American Samoa and this is the kind of news that we are meant to hear through the stimulus and recovery efforts, and I look forward to this great news to continue to come our way through the State Energy Program and other funding through ARRA," said Samoa Governor Togiola, "... we will use it responsibly as it is a big boost for American Samoa."
Energy Secretary Steven Chu said that American Samoa proposed a Territory-wide plan that prioritizes energy savings, creates or retains jobs, increases the use of renewable energy, and reduces carbon pollution.
American Samoa will now have received 50 percent of its total Recovery Act SEP funding. The initial 10 percent of total funding was previously available to support planning activities; the remaining 50 percent of funds will be released once the territory meets reporting, oversight, and accountability milestones required by the Recovery Act. After demonstrating successful implementation of its plan, American Samoa will receive over $9 million in additional funding, for a total of more than $18 million.
American Samoa will use its Recovery Act SEP funding to expand the use of renewable energy across the territory, as well as supplement weatherization funds to improve home energy efficiency for low-income residents.
The Territory will install a 1,000 kW photovoltaic solar-energy array near the Tafuna Power Station, nineteen smaller 28 kW solar arrays on the roofs of government and other buildings, and a solar water heating system at the LBJ Tropical Medical Center.
American Samoa is also interested in expanding its use of wind power, and will use Recovery Act funds to set up eight anemometers to measure and quantify the Territoryâ€™s wind potential.