Rural Tanna households lit up by Vanuatu Rural Electrification Project
The Government of Vanuatu through the Department of Energy (DoE) made yet another successful trip to the island of Tanna from 27 July to 5 August 2017 to inform people on Tanna about the opportunity to own a solar system through the Vanuatu Rural Electrification Program (VREP). The awareness was also accompanied by officers from the two approved vendors/companies; e-Tech Vanuatu Limited and Power and Communications Solution Limited (PCS).
As part of the awareness, the team also undertook sales on the products and established resellers or agents on the island. The awareness covered all regions of Tanna Island from North, South, East, West and Central Tanna.
During the awareness program, the awareness team emphasized key project information, such as the 50% subsidy, the 2 year warranty, battery disposal/management and the international certification of the products under the Lighting Global standards. As a result, approximately 5,000 people throughout Tanna became aware of the project as well as its contribution to the Government’s, National Energy Roadmap (NERM) target of reaching 100% electrification by the year 2030. A total of 223 products were sold in just a week
For Mrs. Marie Willie (right) from Enamakel village, purchasing a high quality, internationally certified ‘Plug and Play’ solar home system for half price was a blessing. Also, understanding that the warranty policy will cover any product faults within a period of 2 years was a gurantee for her investment – something rarely found on products in shops around Vanuatu.
“It usually costs me VT100 to get my phone charged. Now with my solar home system, I will be able to have very good and bright lights and communicate with families and friends without ever worring about my phone going dead” said Mrs. Marie Willie with a big smile. She speaks for many other customers on the island of Tanna who will be reaping the same benefits.
She continued by thanking the Government of New Zealand for funding such an initiative and also thanked the Government of Vanuatu through the Department of Energy for facilitating its delivery to rural parts of Vanuatu.
Since its launch in 2016, there are currently over 2,000 VREP solar systems in more than 40 islands through out Vanuatu. The Government has agreed to maintain the subsidy of 50% or half price in 2017. This means that people are still able to purchase a VREP solar home system at half price till the end of December 2017. The Department is urging customers to capitalize on this opportunity before the year ends. For those who are already connected to an electrificty grid, tap onto the VREP to purchase some for families living in rural areas at the subsidised price.
For more information on VREP, contact DoE on 25201/33425 or email the project team on firstname.lastname@example.org. To know more about the VREP subsidised solar systems at half price, contact our two authorised vendors, e-Tech on 26933 (Port Vila)/36977(Santo) and PCS Limited on 25945.