8 August 2019
Solar lighting has provided 1.8 million people in Papua New Guinea with off-grid power.
While many rural people in the Solomon Islands are still without electricity in their homes and are reliant on kerosene for lighting, it is reported that sixty percent of Papua New Guinea households are now using solar lighting, compared with just two percent two years ago
A report by the IFC, which is a member of the World Bank Group, says PNG has one of the highest rates of use of off-grid solar lighting in the developing world.
The report, ‘Going the Distance: Off-Grid Lighting Market Dynamics in PNG’ shows that under its Lighting PNG programme 1.8 million people secured access to off-grid solar lighting and mobile phone charging for the first time.
The IFC representative in PNG, John Vivian said "solar lighting has now effectively replaced kerosene lamps in homes, which is good for people and the environment".
Seven years ago, most homes in PNG relied on firewood, kerosene and other products for lighting needs, with little ability to charge mobile phones.
IFC's work on energy in PNG is supported by the Australian and New Zealand governments under the Papua New Guinea Partnership. Under its national plan, PNG intends using 100 percent renewable energy by 2050
Source Radio New Zealand.
One is tempted to raise the question as to why the Solomon Islands has not been the beneficiary of such renewable energy support from its direct aid partners?
Perhaps developments in terms of renewable energy, now very much evident in Papua New Guinea, will get better attention from donor partners said to be committed to raising the standard of living in the Solomons while helping to curtail expensive imported fuels for lighting and power.