October 17, 2019

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by: fpl

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Tags: hydro power, Power pack, renewable energy, Samoa

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Categories: Blog

Samoa will be a country with 100% renewable energy

By 2025, Samoa will replace diesel with natural resources as South Pacific Island’s main energy source. 100% renewable energy is a plan established by the country’s government, which has an area of ​​2,830 km² and a population of approximately 190 one thousand inhabitants.

The need for the country to find new sources of energy is great, especially considering that Samoa imports all the diesel it uses, which makes the cost very high for the government, consuming up to 10% of the country’s total GDP.

Therefore, the search for renewable energy sources on the island has been going for some years and with good results. Between July 2017 and June 2108, Samoa managed to generate 48% of its electricity through different clean energy systems: five solar plants, one wind farm and several hydroelectric plants (some of these plants have been rebuilt since they were destroyed in 2012. by tropical cyclone Evan).

And this is where Elon Musk comes in. The more the country increases its reliance on renewable energy, the greater the need for robust solutions to ensure continuity of supply should these sources fail. So Samoa decided to rely on Tesla technology to continue its transition to a 100% sustainable energy model through 2025.

Last year, Tesla installed two of its Power pack energy storage systems to maximize existing solar, wind and hydro power assets by storing excess energy and delivering up to 13.6 MWh when needed. In addition, all facilities are now connected through software that provides real-time control of network stability and security, and automatically balances supply by switching from different renewable sources to standby without anyone having to do so. manually.

This is not the first time Elon Musk’s company has been involved in such a project. In 2016, Tesla deployed something similar on the volcanic island of Ta’u, located in American Samoa.