The westernmost group of islands in Polynesia includes the independent state of Samoa. Upolu is the most densely populated of the Samoan islands, with a population of approximately 180,000. As with many islands, Upolu imports mostly everything, including energy.
Electricity was first introduced to the island in 1951. Developing indigenous renewable energy and minimizing an over-reliance on fossil fuels was identified as a significant barrier to long-term growth and environmental stewardship.
In 1987, the island received funding from the World Bank and its...[continue reading]