Parts of Vanuatu that have been previously without electricity are set to have access to solar power under a new project launched this week.
The Vanuatu Rural Electrification Project has support from New Zealand and the World Bank.
The project is aiming toÂ electrify over 17,000 off-grid households nationwide including 230 aid posts and 2000 community halls, according to the DailyÂ Post newspaper.
Communities in parts where there is no electricity available on the national grid will be able to have access to solar power under a ‘plug and play system’.
New Zealand High Commissioner in Vanuatu Georgina Roberts, said during the project launch that the system would help provide increased economic opportunities, employment and improved livelihoods.
There is little or no maintenance required for the project’s solar system, the components of which are expected to have a lifespan of around 10 years.
The project was estimated to cost US$ 4.7 million.
Originally from Radio New Zealand News