Promoting renewable energy and rural electricity through the SPIERS website

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The Stimulating Progress Towards Improved Rural Electrification in Solomon Islands project was recently launched with the aim of improving rural electricity in rural Solomon Islands using renewable energy methods while simultaneously reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Greenhouse.

The Solomon Islands Government, through the Ministry of Mines, Energy and Rural Electrification (MMERE), Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology ( MECDM), has partnered with UNDP to develop the SPIERS project website, aimed at promoting rural electricity, clean and renewable energy

The Stimulating Progress Towards Improved Rural Electrification in Solomon Islands project was recently launched with the aim of improving rural electricity in rural Solomon Islands using renewable energy methods while simultaneously reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Greenhouse.

Providing renewable energy (RE) to rural communities in the Solomon Islands remains one of the biggest challenges facing most communities.

The website https://spires.gov.sb will serve as a communication bridge and information gateway on the activities undertaken by the project and its partners. It also provides an opportunity for the public and beneficiaries to track progress and ensure full transparency in the use of the project’s human and financial resources as it works to increase access to renewable energy in communities. selected locations.

Speaking about rural electrification, Chris Vehe (PhD), the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Mines, Energy and Rural Electrification noted: “Access to energy [for Solomon Islanders] It is not just about improving economic productivity, but rather about fostering long-term benefits for society as a whole, ranging from reducing poverty and improving health to improving educational opportunities.

“As we move towards a more digitized community, access to energy remains crucial to individual well-being and national economic development. The ministry’s priority is to improve the barriers that hinder the promotion of renewable energy in rural areas by implementing projects such as SPIRES,” added Vehe (PhD).

Reiterating UNDP’s commitment to help Solomon Islands make access to sustainable and renewable energy accessible to all, Mr. Berdi Berdiyev, UNDP Country Manager for Solomon Islands, highlighted that the partnership between SPIERS and the UNDP is contributing to progress towards SDG 7, with encouraging signs that energy is becoming more sustainable and widely available in the Solomons.

“By building solar panels as part of a framework for change, the project is fully integrated into national development goals. Green energy is one of the most important inputs for economic growth and human development, and we need to make sure everyone has access to it,” Berdiyev said.

The SPIERS project is implemented by the Ministry of Mines, Energy and Rural Electrification under its Energy Division with financial support from the Global Environment Facility through the United Nations Environment Programme. Development.

Source: Press Release, UNDP Solomon Islands

Contact information:

Jeanine Gadepeta, SPIERS Communications and M&E Specialist, email: jgadepeta@spires.gov.sb or tel: +(677) 746 4457

Anastasiia Tiurmenko, Communications Specialist, UNDP Solomon Islands, email: anastasiia.tiurmenko@undp.org, tel: +(677) 747 2129

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