Energy efficiency project plotted for Samoa

In 2014, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) will assist the government of Samoa by rolling out seven energy efficiency projects that will ultimately mean big savings for public buildings, hotels, commercial buildings and the residential sector.

Replacing inefficient streetlights and installing energy efficient lamps and air conditioners in government buildings and some hotels are just some of the energy efficiency initiatives planned for Samoa as part of the Promoting Energy Efficiency in the Pacific (PEEP) project.

The project aims to reduce energy consumption in the residential, commercial and public sectors by implementing energy efficiency measures, and to help establish policy frameworks to move Pacific Islands countries away from fossil fuel dependency.

Energy saving programs will supply up to 2,000 Samoan households with four energy efficient lamps, install efficient air conditioners in two hotels, and install efficient air conditioning technologies such as inverter air conditioners and solar hybrid systems to replace inefficient air conditioners in government buildings.

Total energy savings from these seven projects are estimated to be 899,841 kilowatts hours per year, equivalent to diesel fuel savings of 238,053 litres and greenhouse gas emission reductions of 721 tons per year.

Some of the energy efficiency programs of PEEP may be replicated in other Pacific countries. PEEP includes Cook Islands, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu.

(Editor’s Note: Samoa here refers to the Independent State of Samoa, not American Samoa.)

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