The Pawarim Komuniti – PNG Off-Grid Electrification Program aims to achieve progress towards PNG Government’s objective of connecting 70% of the population to electricity by stimulating private sector and non-government activity to offer affordable and clean energy access to people living in remote towns and communities.
The Pawarim Komuniti program will work with private companies, NGOs and associations, and Provincial and Local Level governments to deliver renewable energy services to remote communities in the country.
Pawarim Komuniti will fund a wide range of projects to implement innovative, cost effective models for distribution and delivery of off-grid electricity. Projects will need to demonstrate competitive and affordable connection costs.
Projects should be developed by partnerships of multiple actors and preferably stimulate an ongoing market system. The types of project funded will most likely include solar or hydro micro grids and also projects to distribute higher quality certified solar home systems through cost effective models.
The program will encourage the engagement and involvement of provincial authorities, districts and community groups to strengthen the selected partnerships and endorse ownership and long-term sustainability.
All projects are expected to meet minimum technical requirements and comply with all legal and regulatory requirements, such as the Environmental Act and the Lands Act. For projects dealing with solar home systems, applicants will be advised of a minimum quality standard and size specifications.
The total size of the Program is approximately AUD 20 million over a period of four years (2019-2022). Individual grant amounts for projects will be determined on a case by case basis, expected to be within PGK 250,000 and PGK 3 million for a single grant.
Lead applicants must be registered companies or non-government organisations eligible to work in PNG and able to satisfy required due diligence (organisational and financial capacity) assessments. Strong applications will need to list partner organizations (affiliated entities).
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