21 Jan 2019

Samoa opens first hydropower plant

11:57 am on 21 January 2019

The first hydropower plant has been opened on the Samoa island of Savai'i.

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Photo: © Copyright Walter Baxter

The $US1.7 million plant, near the villages of Ga'utavai and Sili, feeds electricity to some 800 houses.

The prime minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, said the project is part of a plan for Samoa to be powered by 100 percent renewable energy by 2025.

Two more hydro power plants are due to be completed in the next three months.