Melanesia’s Million Miracle Programme (M3P)
Description/achievement of initiative

In the Pacific islands 70% or 7 million people have no access to electricity. Out of this, 1 million people or 14% will have through the M3P. The partnership aims to bring the miracle of electricity to 1 million people in Melanesia by 2020 that is the equivalent of 14% of the Pacific Islands people who still don’t have access to electricity. Assist to bridge the existing gap on the access to modern energy services between the urban and rural areas in the three participating countries. 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, 28% in Vanuatu.

Implementation methodologies

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; and4. 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

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

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.


Pacific Community (SPC), Department of Energy in PNG, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu; NGOs, Women Groups, Sunlabob Renewable Energy
Progress reports
Goal 1
Goal 5
Goal 7
80% reduction in the use of fossil fuel (kerosene) for lighting in the participating rural communities in PNG, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu
Economic empowerment of local NGOs and communities particularly women to engage on income generating activities and enterprises. 3 NGOs in each country become effective national partners in the project and 3 women groups and their respective networks become effective community partners in the project. Establishment of 100 well equipped solar shops.
Improved literacy and technical skills- More than 200 people in the rural communities are trained. More than 80% of the households participate in the project and use solar lights as their primary source of lighting. More than 30 trainers from partner NGO receive technical and business management training. More than 100 members of the communities and representatives of the solar shops receive technical and micro business training
1) Hulavu Conference Centre Energy Project in Solomon Islands - Partnership with Honiara Based West Guadalcanal Constituency Association Trust (HBWGCA), Hulavu Community, SuperFly and Department of Energy, SI. The centre is now equipped with 650 watts solar panels that was successfully installed by SuperFly. The centre is powered by solar electricity for lights and refrigeration for storage of food. Hulavu conference centre is a income generating activity for its community. 2) Faseu Micro Hydro Scheme Rehabilitation Project in PNG is a partnership Friends of Faseu (Faseu Trust in NZ), Appropriate Technology & Community Development Institute of the University of Technology (UniTech) and Faseu community. This project is under the M3P framework. Rehabilitation of the Faseu Micro Hydro Scheme is to be completed end of May. The Faseu Hydro will restore access of electricity for the school and 215 people in Faseu community.
In-kind contribution
Project partners ( Local NGOs, Rural women's group, Department of Energy, Clean Energy Solutions) -Support and commitment to the project goals and implementation .
Staff / Technical expertise
SPC and Department of Energy technical assistance. Support from other project partners.
Other, please specify
Sunlabob Renewable Energy ( Private company) - Supply the 200 solar pico lanterns and charging systems in PNG, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.

Basic information
Time-frame: March 2014 - December 2030
Pacific Community (SPC), Department of Energy in PNG, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu; NGOs, Women Groups, Sunlabob Renewable Energy
Contact information
Solomone Fifita, Deputy Director, Energy Programme, Economic Development Division, SolomoneF@spc.int
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