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.
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