August 26, 2014 - SunWize Technologies, Inc. today announced that it completed the installation of a 546kW solar electric system for the Independent State of Samoa. The project is the country's largest, reducing Samoa's reliance on imported fossil fuels.
"For too long we have had to rely on expensive diesel from other countries for our electricity needs," said Rapa J. Young, EPC's solar project team leader. "This system is moving us closer to independence using clean, reliable solar energy."
"Our previous projects in American Samoa and Pago Pago required a solar electric system that could withstand 124-mile per hour typhoon force winds and corrosive ocean air. We applied similar design and engineering principals to the ground mount systems and the solar canopy while also ensuring seamless alignment with the existing electric grid. We're thrilled to be providing Independent Samoa with a robust source of clean energy," said David Kaltsas, SunWize's President and Chief Operating Officer.
Using the American Samoa and Pago Pago projects as models, SunWize also implemented a control plan that will limit corrosion and extend the life of the system for 25 years.
The solar electric project created 10 jobs between August 2013 and February of this year and will create additional jobs for the ongoing operation of the system.