Message from the CEO

Welcome to our website. Please take the time to go through our programs and information on safety on our website. We would very much appreciate and welcome any comments and suggestions.

Solomon Power is going Green. Last year we commissioned two new solar and battery hybrid outstations at Seghe and Taro. In 2016 we commissioned the 150 kW mini-hydro at Buala and the 1 MW solar farm at Henderson. Very soon we will be signing a contract for 5 new solar and battery hybrid installations one each at Kirakira, Lata, Malu’u, Munda and Tulagi to replace the existing all diesel installations at these sites. We will be in the market next week for 4 more solar hybrid installations one each in Malaita, Choiseul, Western and Ulawa/Makira Provinces. The solar hybrid at Afio in Small Malaita is back on the table and you will hear the good news of its commissioning mid next year.

We are working very closely with our Shareholding Ministries, the International Financing Corporation and the World Bank to progress the 15 MW Tina River Hydro Project, a project of National significance.

The above initiatives are already bearing fruits. We have already reduced our diesel consumption. More such Green proposals are on the table and you all will continue to receive the good news through our website and other media outlets.

The Output Based Aid (OBA) program has gained momentum and through this we have already embraced 900 new customers. The 11 kV and 415 V network extensions in Honiara and at the outstations is improving accessibility and complements the OBA program. In Kilusakwalo, Auki, the network extensions and the OBA program has already connected more than 200 new customers.

The reliability of electricity supply at Honiara has improved with no load shedding experienced in 2018. The new generators at Auki, Gizo, Munda, Noro and at Tulagi have improved the reliability of power supply at the Outstations.

The New Electricity Tariff 2016 has reduced the price of electricity with some customers saving up to 21% on their electricity bills in comparison with the Tariff Regulation 2005. The additional Green initiatives on the table when commissioned will enable Solomon Power to further reduce the tariff and drive economic growth in our Nation.

In the Human Development space Solomon Power has already commenced a new apprenticeship program. The existing graduate program, the training programs and the attachment schemes are all going to assist Solomon Power in succession planning.

We are reaching out to our customers through our awareness sessions regarding the OBA and the standard applications. The 166 emergency telephone continues to be manned 24/7 and already enabling better service to our customers and the general public.

We would like to thank our donor partners- World Bank, Asian Development Bank, The New Zealand Government and Japan International Cooperation Agency for their support and assistance in our initiatives to Go Green and to make electricity accessible to more people.

Solomon Power is all about Nation building. We are working with our stakeholders to increase the footprint of the electricity network and make electricity accessible and affordable to more people in Solomon Islands.

Pradip Verma,
CEO of Solomon Power