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Staff Reporter 3/05/2015 | |
The office of Climate Change and Development in PNG opened its second Pilot Solar Project at Daraokomana village, Rigo District in the Central Province last night. Daraokomana village, which is located at the Border of Rigo inland and coast lacks essential government services for many years such as electricity and no good road conditions.
This remote village which has no electricity supplies had its areas lit up by street light powered by solar that was set up there by the Office of Climate Change and Development.
While opening the solar panels there, executive director of the Office of Climate Change and Development MR Mr. Varigini Badira said that the climate change office has undertaken this project as a pilot project among few others to promote clean and sustainable energy use where this is purposely done to promote the reduction of greenhouse gases such as carbon that will help alleviate climate change.
MR Badira said that the community must take ownership of the project as this means of power generation is the cheapest and can be sustained over a period of fifteen years when it is looked after by the community. BADIRA explained that there is only three thing a community can need to come up with a solar farm namely the solar panel, batteries and Distribution lines. And after this things are in place, the community can only do maintenance of the battery, solar panel and the lead over time.
MR BADIRA also said that the standard the Office of Clime Change and Development is using internationally recognized.
The villages were very delighted to see their village lighten up by the Solar. Village Councillor ROGE KIE while thanking OCCD said that it he will make sure that the village takes communal ownership of the facilities so that other such project can come to the village.

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