A study by the International Finance Corporation says PNG has one of the highest rates of use of off-grid solar lighting in the developing world. The report, 'Going the distance: off-grid lighting market dynamics in PNG' shows that under its Lighting PNG programme 1.8 million people secured access to off-grid solar lighting and mobile phone charging for the first time. For more information see the IDTechEx report on Energy Harvesting Microwatt to Megawatt 2019-2029.
The IFC representative in PNG, John Vivian said "Solar lighting has now effectively replaced kerosene lamps in homes, which is good for people and the environment," said IFC's Resident Representative in Papua New Guinea, John Vivian. "Solar lighting represents only the first step in access for people to energy, so the high penetration of solar lighting is a significant move in a country where only 13% of people are connected to an electricity grid."
The IFC is a member of the World Bank Group.
Seven years ago, most homes in PNG relied on firewood, kerosene and other products for lighting needs, with little ability to charge mobile phones.
IFC's work on energy in PNG is supported by the Australian and New Zealand governments under the Papua New Guinea Partnership. Under its national plan, PNG intends using 100% renewable energy by 2050.
Source and top image: PNG Report