17 Aug 2009

American Samoa gets US$7m nder the state energy programme

10:06 am on 17 August 2009

The US Energy Department has announced the release of more than $US7 million in funding from the stimulus money for American Samoa under the state energy programme grant.

American Samoa is slated to receive a total of $18.6 million under the state energy programme and $1.8 million was released two months ago for administrative costs.

The energy funds are administered by the Territorial Energy Office.

Under the State Energy Programme grant, states and territories proposed plans that prioritise energy savings, create or retain jobs, increase the use of renewable energy, and reduce carbon pollution.

American Samoa submitted it's plans in April this year and the territory is among the several states and territories getting the first 40 percent of the total State Energy Programme.

The Energy Department says the Territory's first share of the Energy Programme is for a 1,000 kilowatt solar-energy array near the Tafuna Power Station, nineteen smaller 28 kilowatt solar arrays on the roofs of government and other buildings, and a solar water heating system at the LBJ Tropical Medical Centre.