by Marie Kauna – EMTV Online, Port Moresby
The Rural electrification concept is sustainable and is used by many around the globe.
In developing nations like Papua New Guinea, many remote areas are adapting to using rural electrification as access is a major problem faced by many.
Remoteness and bringing infrastructure developments is a challenge thus limiting the opportunity to providing electricity sources to remote areas, which remains a technical challenge for many service providers.
Like Papua New Guinea, some parts of Vanuatu previously, had no electricity at their homes.
With the aim to provide electricity for everyone, Vanuatu has launched its rural electrification project.
Speaking at the project launcing, New Zealand’s High Commissioner in Vanuatu, Georgina Roberts said “the system would help provide increased economic opportunities, employment and improved livelihoods”.
The project was made possible with support from New Zealand and the World Bank and estimated to cost at US$4.7 Million.
It will provide electricity to more than 17,000 off grid household nationwide including 230 aid posts and 2,000 community halls.