Solar Solutions PNG was founded in 2013 with the aim of securing clean, reliable energy access to those living off-grid in PNG and is driven by a vision where everyone in PNG has access to the technologies required to lead healthy lives of dignity and opportunity. Our recent product range has expanded to supply water, sanitation and energy products.

To ensure our products have long-term impact in communities across rural and remote PNG, Solar Solutions partner with development organisations who have built long-term relationships and have proven track records working with communities to deliver projects that address their specific needs.

A great example is our work with KTF (Kokoda Track Foundation) on the Village Connect project, supplying household and facility solar systems to provide power and light to every village along the Kokoda Track.

During 2018 and 2019, Village Connect illuminated 30 communities along and around the Kokoda Track. Every household and facility across the region received a system. 1021 household systems and 75 larger units installed on schools, aid posts, churches and other community buildings, resulting in a 141% increase in study time and a 92% reduction in expenditure on kerosene across the region as well as bolstered income earning opportunities, increased safety and security, and improved communications due to the ability to charge devices.

Click here for an evaluation of the Village Connect project.

Solar Solutions is more than a supplier of products. We welcome opportunities to build multi-dimensional partnerships with key stakeholders, including government at local, provincial and national level, NGOs, churches and faith-based organisations, to deliver projects that deliver long-term impact.

Pawarim Komuniti

Solar Solutions is proud to partner with KTF and TCA to undertake two exciting new projects supported by the PNG-Australia Partnership through the Pawarim Komuniti Off-grid Electrification Program.

Light for Learning – a partnership with KTF

Light for Learning will distribute solar home kits to households and communities of Kokoda Track Foundation college students. All households, schools, aid posts, community centres and churches will receive solar systems in a whole of-community approach, which ensures fairness, equity and transparency. This process will build communities of ‘solar champions’ and teams of trained community members for the ongoing sustainability of the project. The Kokoda Track Foundation actively strives to enhance inclusion of people living with a disability, and aims for 50:50 participation of women and men, in both college attendance and in installation teams.

Solar home kits in students’ homes will provide light after dark and allow students to charge their tablets, which are required as part of KTF’s Flexible Open Distance Education Program. This means students will be able to continue their tablet-based studies while at home between campus sessions. As the students are studying to become healthcare workers and teachers, this project will support their learning trajectory and ultimately build local service capacity. Access to lighting in community facilities and spaces will enable their use after dark, offering increased safety and social cohesion. The project will reduce environmental impact by reducing dependence on kerosene for lighting and fuel for generators, while also reducing the use of single use batteries.

By the end of 2022, the project aims to install 3,860 systems to benefit over 23,000 people across 44 villages in Oro and Western Provinces.

Kamapim Pawa – A Partnership with The Tenkile Conservation Alliance (TCA) and the Torricelli Mountain Range Conservation Area (TMRCA)

TCA will work with communities to distribute solar home systems and solar streetlights in the remote area of the Torricelli Mountain Range, Sandaun (or West Sepik) Province. The community engagement approach will be based on TCA’s methodology – backed by more than 20 years of working with communities in the area. This project involves community financial and in-kind contributions, and participation of communities in governance, planning, distribution, installation and maintenance. Community representatives (with equal gender participation) will travel to the TCA Base-Lumi for meetings, training and business capacity building to learn about solar, the services received and to create a credible after-sales service structure.

Access to strong and reliable solar products will reduce dependence on burning wood for lighting. This means increased quality of light after dark and lighting for community purposes, increasing safety, socialising and productive use opportunities. The project will build local capacity in organising and setting up businesses and will reaffirm the communities’ commitment to conservation of their natural environment and endangered species. The participatory approach aims to increase community cohesion and cooperation.

The project will install 2690 household solar kits and 350 streetlights to benefit 12,000 people across 50 villages in Sandaun Province by the end of 2022.

The Pawarim Komuniti – Off-grid Electrification Program is funded by the PNG-Australia Partnership to support access to clean energy in rural and remote communities in Papua New Guinea.

Through Pawarim Komuniti, grant funding is available to incentivise innovative projects that expand and enhance access to off-grid electrification in rural and remote areas. The projects, implemented in partnership with the private sector and civil society, will provide rural households, community facilities such as schools and health centres, and businesses with reliable and affordable access to clean energy.

Pawarim Komuniti is part of Australia’s commitment under the PNG Electrification Partnership to help PNG meet it electrification targets.

Pawarim Komuniti aims to:

• Provide rural households, facilities and businesses with reliable and affordable access to clean energy
• Support Government, development partners, civil society and the private sector with information on successful sustainable off-grid electrification models.