New Ireland rolls out solar lighting in communities

New Ireland is rolling out street solar lights for communities and remote and isolated communities have so far applauded the initiative.


So far a total of 178 Solar Street Lights have been installed in very isolated communities, schools, aid posts, community Halls and playgrounds in locations like Tench, Lambom, Tanir and Pukpuk Health centre.

There were  201 Solar street lights received from the second batch to be rolled out throughout the province.


In the Kavieng District a total of 77 have been installed. 24 in Kavieng Urban, 21 in the Lavongai LLG and 32 in the Tikana LLG.

The Murat LLG has 23 Solar Lights yet to be installed. In total since the rollout of the lighting New Ireland policy in 2019 a total of 176 solar lights have been installed in the Kavieng district.


In the Namatanai District a total of 101 Solar street lights have been installed during the rollout of the 2nd batch.

18 in the Central LLG, 26 in the Namatanai LLG, 17 in the Matalai LLG, 26 in the Tanir LLG and 14 in the Konoagil LLG. That gives a grand total of 226 Solar lights rolled out in the Namatanai District since 2019.

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Head of Government Liason officer’s in Namatanai District Trevor Kamaga described the elation felt by the communities after the lights were installed.

“ People are very thankful to Governor Sir Julius Chan and his Government for providing the Solar Streetlights. So far most of the common places in Namatanai such as Hospitals, Aid posts, High schools, Primary and Elementary schools now have bright lights during the night. I told them it is the vision of the Grand Chief Sir Julius Chan to light up the whole of New Ireland Province,” said Trevor Kamaga.

By the completion of the rollout of the 2nd batch of Solar Street lights under the lighting New Ireland Policy, a total of 401 Solar street lights will be installed throughout New Ireland at a total of K2,786,200.24.


-New Ireland Media Unit


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