|22 November 2016|

American Samoa

The island of Ta’u in American Samoa can now generate nearly 100% of its power needs from renewable energy. This is thanks to ‘a solar power and battery storage-enabled microgrid’ from SolarCity and Tesla that replaces polluting diesel generators.

“This is part of making history. This project will help lessen the carbon footprint of the world. Living on an island, you experience global warming firsthand. Beach erosions and other noticeable changes are a part of life here. It’s a serious problem, and this project will hopefully set a good example for everyone else to follow,” Keith Ahsoon, a local resident whose family owns one of the food stores on the island, was quoted as saying in a SolarCity blog.