Recognising that access to affordable, safe and reliable electricity in Vanuatu is a major development need for the country and with over 20,000 households, 200 aid posts and 2,000 not-for-profit community halls located in areas where access to grid electricity is uneconomic. Vanuatu Rural Electrification Project (VREP) I is aimed at increasing access to basic lighting and phone charging capabilities using subsidised 5watts and above ‘Plug and Play’ solar systems. Products approved are currently subsidised at 50% of their retail prices.
Subsidise for VREP I systems are only for those approved under Lighting Global Standards and submitted by approved vendors. Currently, there are four (4) approved VREP I vendors – Power & Communications Solution (PCS) Limited, e-Tech Limited, Savvy Solar and Computer World. All aproved vendors are local companies. Products purchased under the subsidy provided by VREP I come with warranty as a safeguard for any system failures of the system. Disposal of the batteries is currently managed through an Environmental Code of Practice (ECOP) developed for VREP.
VREP 1 is funded through a grant of US$4.7m from the New Zealand Government through the Pacific Regional Infrastructure Facility (PRIF). Management of the Project is through Vanuatu’s Department of Energy with implementation support from the World Bank. A Program Manager has been recruited by the Department of Energy to manage the Project on the Department’s behalf and supported by an Independent Verification Agent (IVA) funded through the Project. Other technical consultants are recruited on needs basis to support the implementation of the Project.
The objective of the Vanuatu Rural Electrification Project (VREP) is to scale up access to electricity services for rural households, aid posts and not-for-profit community halls located in dispersed off-grid areas.
VREP’s target is 17,500 households, 2,000 not-for-profit community halls and 230 aid posts. .
The Vanuatu Rural Electrification Project (VREP) I seeks to scal up access to electricity services for rural households, aid posts and community halls located in dispersed off-grid areas.
The primary beneficaires are the households, aid posts and communityhalls in rural off-grids areas that are located beyond the economic grid extension areas, and those that are too dispersed across the offi-grid areas to be considered in future projects for isolated micro or mini-grid configurations.
The Project’s target is 17,500 households, 230 aid posts and 2,000 not-for-profit community halls unable to access affordable, safe and healthy electricity and located in dispersed off-grid areas. The Project was signed in 2014 and is now be completed in 2020.
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