First wind farm spins in Samoa

Abu Dhabi renewable energy company Masdar has completed Samoa's first wind farm.

Located on the island of Upolu – home to nearly 75% of the population – the two-turbine, 550kW development will supply 1.5GWh of power per year to the community.

The project was delivered under the UAE Pacific Partnership Fund, managed by the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, and represents one of the largest-ever investments in clean energy across the region.

The Samoan wind farm is the second project to be completed under the fund.

The two 55-metre turbines can pivot at the base, and be lowered and locked in place in less than an hour, said Masdar – a design that helps avoid damage from the region's numerous cyclones.

Masdar is also currently working on PV developments in Fiji, Kiribati, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

A 512kW PV installation in Tonga was the first project to be completed.