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Tuesday, 22 April 2014 13:09

Solar Project

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LIGHT IN EVERY HOME. CLEAN ENERGY. FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT.

Project Background

The ACOM solar light project has been introduced in 2010, the programme was funded by the AusAID innovation fund under the title ‘Barefoot Power Entrepreneur Training Program’ and implement through Anglican Oversea Aid (AOA) partnership with Anglican Church of Melanesia (ACOM). The church is advocator of solar renewable energy, which promoting climate friendly and climate change- adaptation technology solar power to communities in rural areas. Solar household desk lamps were distributed to remote communities in its Dioceses. It aimed is to Substitute Kerosene and replaced it with cheaper and environmentally sustainable solar LED lamps.

The Anglican Oversea Aid (AOA) in Solomon Island, the Anglican Church of Melanesia (ACOM) provide the in country network for the project implementation. Malaita province was recommended due to transport accessibility to Honiara during the pilot project period in 2010. In 2012 the project was then expand to four of its Dioceses, Hanuato’o, Ysabel, Central and Guadalcanal. The consultation success were made through Mothers union in those diocese where they manage the sales and maintain the supply chain to the very remote villages.

OBJECTIVES

The primary aim for the project is to introduce the use of solar to the communities to replace kerosene lamp also to encourage gender inclusion in solar training and providing employment opportunities for youths and women.

TRAINING

Following the entrepreneurial training in 2010 for entrepreneurs at Malaita, which covers financial literacy, entrepreneurship and technical information, the project offered the following solar training to communities and solar technician base at rural areas.

Current training offered:

Basic electric

PV installation

Safety basics

Charge controller

Batteries

PV common failures

Module orientation

Other topic which will offered this year covers, PV array system sizing and load analysis, this skill training is to enhance and empower communities, mothers and youths to manage and maintain their solar

systems. The ACOM believes that through empowerment in different field of skill then will help young youths to decide their future in regard to ‘self-reliance’ approach.

Gender Inclusion

The significant step that highlights during solar training were the inclusion of women. Women are traditionally excluded in decision making in all forms particularly regard to energy sector. Culturally women are not influence or skilled to learn related field of training, however women are the primary users of solar energy related to house hold duties. We create flexible learning environment for women to participate and contribute during the training sessions, with this basics it create mutual understanding for both genders to learn and achieve equal knowledge to maintain and manage their own systems as well as empowered women to engage more in educational and income generating activities.

Expansions of the solar project to other four ACOM dioceses have been made possible through the hard work of Mothers union members throughout ACOM dioceses.