Masdar Special Projects: Samoa Wind Farm


Masdar Special Projects is involved with a wind farm on the Samoan island of Upolu, which is home to nearly 75 percent of the population.

The innovative project will supply 1,500 megawatt-hours of power per year, delivering $475,000 (U.S.) in annual fuel savings. It also will reduce the island’s carbon-dioxide footprint by more than 1,000 tonnes each year.

The pioneering project includes two 55-metre wind turbines that can pivot at the base and be lowered and locked in place in less than one hour. This collapsible design helps to avoid damage from the region’s numerous cyclones.

Quick Facts

  • Equipment: two wind turbines, each 55 metres high
  • Yearly production: 1,500 megawatt-hours
  • Carbon dioxide savings: 1,000 tonnes annually