The community of Mananakele in Papua New Guinea will soon receive their own solar home systems which will provide them lighting by the end of this year.
For the past years, the community has no electricity and depended most on firewood and kerosene lighting.
Acting Deputy Secretary (Energy Wing) Department of Petroleum and Energy in Papua New Guinea, Mr Vore Veve, said the installation of the solar PV lighting system project will help reduce the number of expenses the villagers used, to get kerosene fuel for lighting.
“The problems of travelling to Port Moresby to buy 20litre kerosene and for transport fares and accommodation in Port Moresby will no longer be made. People will save money for the purchase of kerosene and acquire other necessities for their families.”
“The school children will have the benefit of night studies in the evenings because light will be available every night,” he said.
He added that the solar power will supply at least 5 to 6 hours light for school children to study in the evenings which will improve their learning capacity.
Veve said the people are very happy about the solar project and they are looking forward to the day it will be a reality.
Designs and technical specifications of the system have already been completed and the tender for the supply and supervision of installation was already issued.
Veve said they hope to have the project completed by the end of this year.
The solar PV lighting system project is an Energy, Ecosystem and Sustainable Livelihoods initiative (EESLI) assisted by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and is funded by the governments of Italy, Austria, Luxembourg and Spain.
IUCN will help build the capacity of the local community to develop a management structure to ensure the sustainability of the project.
By providing solar lighting to the community, it will increase the social wellbeing of the community.
By Natasha Eddie