American Samoa - Net Metering

March 24, 2023


Note: The aggregate capacity limit for net metering has been met, and applications are no longer being accepted. 

The American Samoa Power Authority (ASPA), a government-owned electric utility, is the only power provider in this U.S. territory of almost 55,000 people. ASPA's "Interconnection and Net Energy Metering Policy" took effect May 5, 2008. Net metering is available to residential and small commercial customers with wind or solar-energy systems up to 30 kilowatts (kW) in capacity, although ASPA may extend the policy to larger systems for larger industrial customers in the future, or on a case by case basis. Net-metered systems must be intended primarily to offset part or all of a customer’s requirements for electricity. Customers with net excess generation (NEG) will receive full kilowatt-hour credits that are carried forward to the next bill for one year. At the end of the year, any existing credits are surrendered to the utility with no compensation for the customer.

Systems must meet the National Electric Code (NEC), the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC), relevant IEEE technical standards, and UL safety and performance standards. In addition, system owners must install a manual, lockable external disconnect switch. Additional insurance is not required as long as the system meets the above stated standards. There is a one-time $45 application fee for both interconnection and net metering.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Regulatory Policy
State: American Samoa
Incentive Type: Net Metering
Web Site:
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Photovoltaics
  • Wind (All)
  • Wind (Small)
Applicable Utilities: ASPA
System Capacity Limit: 30 kW; larger systems on case-by-case basis
Aggregate Capacity Limit: 5% of utility's peak demand
Net Excess Generation: Credited to customer's next bill at retail rate; granted to utility at end of 12-month billing cycle
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits: Not addressed
Meter Aggregation: Not addressed


Name: ASAC § 12.06
Date Enacted: 05/05/2008


Name: American Samoa Power Authority
Organization: American Samoa Power Authority
Address: P.O. Box PPB
Pago Pago AS 96799
Phone: (684) 699-1234

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.