The Stimulating Progress Towards Improved Rural Electrification in Solomon Islands (SPIRES) project, implemented thru UNDP by the Ministry of Mines, Energy and Rural Electrification (MMERE), aims to promote electricity for rural communities through renewable energy.
As part of the SPIRES project, both institutions have partnered with the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology (MECDM) for the installation of two solar hybrid power systems that were inaugurated on 6th and 7th October at Rokera Provincial Secondary School, and Hunanawa Community in East Are’are, both in southern part of Malaita.
Handover of Zoom Facilities from UNDP. From left PS MMERE Dr. Chris Vehe, Director Energy Mr. John Korinihona, SPIRES Project MAnager Mr. David Ma'ai, UNDP Operations Manager Keswar Leelah and Mrs Joanne Aihunu of UNDP.
Hunanawa women's group doing their asset mapping during the SPIRES Project team's visit to their community.
Students of Rokera Provincial Secondary School listening during the awareness program hosted by SPIRES Project at their school.
Nangu community women during the welcome ceremony held for the SPIRES Project team.
One of the main goals for the SPIRES Project is to reduce GHG emissions in rural areas and replace them with more renewable energy source such as solar energy and hydro power.
Our objective is the facilitation of the achievement of increased access to electricity in rural communities in the country. It is focused on the enhanced application of low carbon technologies, techniques and practices to support Solomon Islands’ rural electrification program, particularly in achieving the set target of 35% electricity access in rural areas.