Life in the South Pacific is rife with challenges: isolation, volatile weather, scarce economic opportunities and expensive energy. Such factors contribute to American Samoa’s status as the country’s top U.S. Army recruitment center, as many of its citizens see limited job prospects.
Climate change imposes additional long-term risks across the region. But a recently launched clean-energy microgrid, comprising solar power and battery storage, hints what the future could look like for the small island states and territories in Oceania.
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