Department of Energy in PNG, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu; NGOs, Women Groups, Sunlabob Renewable Energy and BizClim
Objective & Description
The partnership aimed at bringing the miracle of electricity to one million people in Melanesia within 5 years of 2014-2020. This equates to making the wonders of electricity accessible to 82,500 rural households in PNG, 68,380 in the Solomon Islands and 26,625 in Vanuatu. (This is a total of 177,505 households bringing direct benefit to 1,065,030 people, using 6 people as an average family size). It is to assist to bridge the existing gap on the access to modern energy services between the urban and rural areas and/or households in the three participating countries (PNG, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu). It also contributes to the achievement of MDG in these countries. The access to the national utility grid in these countries is very low compared to other PICs. Access is as low as 12% in PNG, 14% in the SI and 28% in Vanuatu.
Sustainable Development Benefits for SIDS:
1.Reduce the reliance and spending on fossil fuel and phase out the use of kerosene lamps;
2.Reduce poverty and improve the welfare of 1 million households in the rural areas of PNG, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu through an appropriate rural electrification programme that is conducive to the social and economic environment of the target communities; and
3.Economic empowerment of local NGOs and communities, particularly women, to engage on income generating activities and enterprises;
Governance & Coordination Mechanisms
The Energy programme at the Economic Development Division of SPC will be responsible for the overall project coordination, management and reporting on its implementation and progress to the project partners.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is developed and sign with key project partners (NGOs, Department of Energy and Organised women groups) for the implementation of the project.
1.Sign Memorandum of Understanding with the key project partners; Department of Energy, NGOs & Organised women groups in selected communities;
2.Delivery and distribution of one Solar Pico Lanterns in each of the household in the targeted communities;
3.Training and setting up of solar shops using existing network of women's group at the village or area level. The shops are fully funded and will operate as a charging station for the solar pico lanterns to generate its revenue; and
4.Develop an independent system or exit strategy to be implemented after 3 years of successfully running and providing technical assistance to the programme allowing the NGOs, Government, and SPC to exit leaving a sustainable business model in place completely run by the local communities.
Arrangements for Capacity Building and Technology Transfer
-By 2020, total of 1,065,030 people in PNG, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu will have access to electricity for the first time through solar lights
- 2014-2015, with SPC's current resources a total of 3,600 people will have access to electricity for the first time plus the establishment of 4 solar shops in PNG, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu
- Establishment of 100 well equipped solar shops by 2020
- More than 200 people in rural communities are trained on technical and business skills
- 30 trainers from partner NGO receive technical and business management training
- Establishment of a network of rural solar entrepreneurs who meet on an annual basis to share experiences, learn new skills and take stock of their progress and achievements