GPOBA Grid Based Electricity Access Project

GPOBA Grid Based Electricity Access Project


The Government of Vanuatu proposes to make available, through local private utilities (UNELCO and VUI), a one-off subsidy to assist low-income households to connect to the existing electricity grid concession areas in Port Vila, Tanna, Malekula and Luganville. This project targets approximately 4,200 households within these areas that lack formal access to electricity (6,000 households that lack access to electricity entirely and a further 2,000 that have informal connections (e.g., shared with a neighbour)). In addition, funding will be available to provide basic household wiring, where household wiring does not meet standards or is not in place for these consumers. Basic household wiring is defined as the installation of wiring from the utility meter box to a Ready Board within the premises. The Ready Board will include necessary protection, and up to two light sockets with switches, two power outlets and two energy saving light bulbs. Premises will be connected directly to existing distribution lines (typically located on 2 the roadside) either above ground or below ground. Poles may be necessary to carry wires to some properties. This subsidy will be available for both post-paid and pre-paid (where available) service connections.

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Tanna and Malekula

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015
End Date: 
Sunday, August 5, 2018