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CONGRESSMAN ENI F.H. FALEOMAVAEGA From American Samoa U.S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C.

NEWS RELEASE April 26, 2000


Congressman Eni Faleomavaega announced today that the U.S. Department of Energy has informed him of an $112,672 (US$) grant American Samoa will receive under the DOE's Million Solar Roof program.

The goal of the Million Solar Roof Initiative is to install one million solar energy systems on U.S. buildings by 2010. The Initiative focuses on two types of solar energy technology: photovoltaics that produce electricity from sunlight and solar thermal systems that produce heat for domestic hot water.

"I want to commend the Territorial Energy Office for their efforts in obtaining this grant," said Faleomavaega. "And I whole-heartedly support federal efforts to assist us with the promotion of commercially viable solar energy products."

In providing American Samoa with $49,239 in Federal funds plus $63,433 in non-federal contributions, the U.S. Department of Energy's total award of $112,672 has boosted Faleomavaega's confidence in the department's efforts to promote the Million Solar Roof program in the territory.

The American Samoa Partnership, led by the Territorial Energy Office, has set a goal to create a sustainable business environment that allows private sector solar energy enterprises to profit from the sale and service of solar energy products. In the past, the government has been the only provider of solar energy services.

To develop and implement this goal, the American Samoa Partnership has proposed activities that will include the following:

(1) Train local government and private sector plumbers to install and maintain solar water heating systems.

(2) Provide bilingual literature relating to solar energy principals of collection and storage.

(3) Provide bilingual literature relating to solar water heating principals and benefits.

"Because of our location near the equator, we are well positioned to take advantage of solar technology and thereby reduce our dependence on imported fuel," said the congressman.

"With recent developments in the generation of electricity through wave power, the territory has considerable potential for energy-production in the future," he concluded.

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