PAWARIM KOMUNITI – SOLAR PROJECT

About the Project

TCA has established a new project called “Kamapim Pawa in the Torricelli Mountain Range”: which will provide benefits all households within the project area. The Pawarim Komuniti Program, under the Economic and Social Infrastructure Program (ESIP), is a new Off-Grid Electrification Program funded by the PNG-Australia Partnership to support access to clean energy in rural and remote communities in Papua New Guinea (PNG). The program is part of Australia’s commitment under the PNG Electrification Partnership to help PNG meet the target of connecting 70% of the country to electricity by 2030.

Solar electrification has been identified by the TCA villages as a priority project for many years. TCA has supplied many staff with Solar units and TCA Base-Lumi is powered mostly by Solar.

Ever since working with these remote villages many people have said “mi les long stap long tudak”, which means ‘I am sick of living in the dark’. Imagine what life would be like without a flick of a switch. This project will surely change the lives of many people as every house-hold will receive their own solar lighting system supplied by our project partner Solar Solutions.

A total of 350 solar street lights will be distributed throughout the villages to increase the village lighting, improving access to village facilities and benefiting everyone. Women and children will benefit considerably and will feel safe in walking within their villages at night.  Village solar street lights have long been supported by Perth Zoo since 2019 and also partner with us to implement this project. 

TCA is receiving financial support from the Aitape/Lumi Member, the Honourable Patrick Pruaitch, to assist in the this project as well as support from the Segre Foundation supporting the employment of the CEO and COO in Australia.

The project activities include:

  • Order, purchase and deliver 2,690 solar lighting units and 350 solar street lights and poles
  • Conduct a baseline survey to assess the current lighting sources in households
  • Conduct a mid-term survey to monitor the projects implementation
  • Work with solar solution technicians during the installation of solar lights and provide training in maintenance of lighting systems
  • Conduct a final survey to measure the impact of the project

What we have achieved so far

  • We have purchased all of the lighting equipment from Solar Solutions.
  • A total of 350 solar street lights have been delivered to Wewak in two 20ft shipping containers.
  • The final 40ft containers with solar units is near departure from Lae to Wewak.
  • Training in DFAT policies relevant to the project – including COVID19 protocols. Chief Operating Officer Mrs Jean Thomas created a Corona Virus educational video in Tok Pisin that has had over 7000 views on social media.  The TCA Board has also approved of a new Epidemic Pandemic Policy.
  • With the skills of a technical expert, TCA has successfully developed a ‘Solar survey app’ used on smart phones to conduct household surveys and collect data which will be uploaded to our online portal called “Mother Nature”. This app is able to take Geo-referenced photos of the household, record household members and current lighting systems used in the households.
  • TCA staff, Project Officers and Research Officers, have all been trained, remotely, on how to use the ‘Solar survey app’. They have taken to “Mother Nature” and have successfully uploaded more than 120 practice surveys. Our staff are currently in villages introducing the project and the activities for the next year.

Upcoming Activities 2021

  • The collection and downloading of data collected from the ‘Solar survey app’ is due to start at the end of April 2021
  • The collection of community contributions, a total of 10% on the value of the solar lighting units.
  • Delivery of materials from Wewak to Lumi.

Download the project fact sheet here (pdf, 465kbs).

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