APIA, 24 JULY 2018 - Samoa has become the first country in the Pacific to install battery energy storage systems and micro grid controller.

Under the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Austrian Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs (MFA), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) are co-organizing the High-Level Conference on Sustainable Energy and Development. The Conference will take place on 3rd October 2018 under the guiding theme “Regional Cooperation to Accelerate Sustainable Energy Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries”.

Tebara Transport Limited is in the process of introducing electric buses into the country and will convert some of their current buses to become electric buses.

This has been confirmed by Tebara’s Transport CEO Arvind Maharaj who says that they have already secured a bus which will be brought in for trial and they are working with the Government in getting it in to the country.

His Majesty King Tupou VI commissioned a new solar power system for Tu’akifālelei’s Hospital in Niuafo’ou last Thursday when he visited the island for its Agricultural Show. The new solar system is part of the Outer Islands Renewable Energy Project (OIREP) managed by the Department of Energy under the Ministry of MEIDECC.

Principal Energy Officer Mr. Kipola So’otanga said that the hospital was powered by a generator for only six hours every day but with the new installed solar power the island’s hospital will have electricity 24/7.

Gender has always been a major consideration in the Energy Sector of the Pacific Islands. In the 1990’s, a Pacific Energy Gender Network was coordinated through the Regional Energy Programme hosted by the then SOPAC. Due to funding constraints and staff turnover, the network has been dormant over the years. However, the importance of women and children participating as equal partners on matters and decisions in the energy sector have not been lost. Development partners and PICs have continued to take gender into account in designing and implementing energy projects in the region. 


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