Research in the energy space highlights that for much of the PNG population, off-grid solutions will remain the most appropriate and cost-effective because of high cost of grid extension.
With 80% of people in PNG living in remote towns and communities with limited access to vital services, increasing access to electricity will help improve living standards and allow government to deliver better services in schools and health centers. Access to electricity is also important for fostering economic growth in the private sector especially small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
Currently, people and businesses in remote communities rely on lower forms of energy such as kerosene and biomass and on diesel generators. Poor maintenance, high costs of fuel and challenging logistics mean that run-down assets and long outages are common.
The emergence of new technologies is bringing a range of new pathways to electrification that are more reliable and cost-effective than conventional means, especially in rural settings.
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