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ASPA partners with Eastern Power Solutions for cost effective and sustainable energy project

Gov. Lemanu P.S. Mauga and Eastern Power Solutions CEO Daniel Myung
Source: Governor’s Office press release

Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In a step toward proving cost-effective and sustainable energy solutions American Samoa Power Authority (ASPA) in partnership with Eastern Power Solutions (EPS) broke ground for the American Samoa Solar and Storage project in the village of Pavaia’I this past Friday, April 12.

The initiative includes development, design, construction, and operation of a 20 MWdc photovoltaic (PV) solar system with lithium-ion energy storage in the village of Pavaia’i. EPS will oversee the maintenance and repair of the system upon its completion with ASPA playing an important role in providing guidance and support throughout the application process, studies, surveys, and testing procedures necessary for advancing the project.

The ceremony opened with a prayer led by Reverend Reupena Alo of CCCAS Pavaiai, followed by remarks from Eastern Power Solutions CEO Daniel Myung and Governor Lemanu.

The governor acknowledged the enduring partnership between ASPA and Eastern Power Solutions and expressed appreciation for the legislature's support. He extended heartfelt thanks to the village leaders and community for their support of the project, emphasizing the sacred connection between the land and the people, stating, "The government belongs to the people. The government has no lands. These lands belong to our villages, fathers, and mothers. These lands are sacred to our people."

Governor Lemanu also addressed the pressing issue of climate change and rising temperatures, stressing the importance of advancing energy upgrades to alleviate financial burdens on the community. He acknowledged the challenges faced by people staying indoors due to warm weather in homes, classrooms (with efforts underway to provide air conditioning), and workplaces. Solar energy, he affirmed, holds promise in mitigating these challenges, particularly for future generations.

After the special remarks, the ceremony proceeded with the ceremonial groundbreaking attended by Governor Lemanu, Senate President Tuaolo, members of the Senate and House of Representatives, leadership from Eastern Power Solutions and ASPA, as well as members of the community.