February 19, 2024

First two Off-Grid Renewable Energy Partnerships for the Pacific and Timor Leste announced

BPP is delighted to welcome the first two Off-Grid Renewable Energy Partnerships for the Pacific and Timor Leste through the Australian Infrastructure Financing Facility for the Pacific (AIFFP).

Through these two partnerships, AIFPP will invest $854,500AUD in the delivery of reliable and sustainable renewable energy to remote and rural communities in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.

The first two Off-Grid Renewable Energy Partnerships are:

Accelerating access to renewable energy and jobs for remote Papua New Guinea communities

Partnership between Sola Paygo, MiBank and the Australian Government

This unique partnership will increase take up of solar energy in remote communities while also enabling local community members, particularly women, to gain employment to promote renewable energy solutions and maintain local services through technical support. It will also offer tailored loans to make access to solar energy more affordable and provide greater community engagement, including offering training to boost financial literary and support community members to gain a greater understanding of why renewable energy is important.

Generating energy security for essential healthcare in the Solomon Islands

Partnership between Superfly Limited, the Good Samaritan Hospital and the Australia Government

Through this partnership, Superfly will install a solar-hybrid system at Tetere’s Good Samaritan Hospital, which provides essential healthcare services for over 43,000 people. This will create more sustainable and consistent energy generation for the hospital, enabling local community members to access a safer and more resilient healthcare setting through reliable energy. It will also use data-driven insights from the system to understand how to develop scalable models for future fuel-switching projects for other remote communities in the Solomon Islands and beyond.

The Off-grid Renewable Energy Partnerships is part of the Australian government’s Pacific Climate Infrastructure Financing Partnership (PCIFP) initiative to expand AIFFP’s climate investments by partnering with businesses to deliver reliable and sustainable renewable energy to remote and rural communities in the Pacific and Timor-Leste, implemented by the BPP.

The announcement follows a Call for Partnerships to Support Off-Grid Renewable Energy in the Pacific and Timor-Leste between 23 August and 23 October 2023, with 74 applications from nine different countries received by the closing date.

Further partnerships will be announced at the program’s official launch later this year.

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