Solomon Islands Electricity Authority (SIEA) has recently commissioned its 33KV cable from Lungga to Ranadi, removing a constraint in the system in East Honiara.
A statement from SIEA’s Chief Executive Officer Solomon Island Pradip Verma said, SIEA had also installed four new 2.5 Mega Watt generators at Lunga and the two new transformers at Honiara power station.
“This will further strengthen the system and provide more improvements and reliability to the system.”
Mr Verma said, he is confident these investments in capital infrastructure will provide ongoing benefits to their valued customers.
SIEA has also commenced a project to install smart meters for its commercial customers and state-of-the-art meters will increase the efficiency and effectiveness of their data collection, enabling them to further reduce technical and non-technical losses in the future.
The SIEA CEO said, they are working with their stakeholders to increase the footprint of the electricity network and make electricity accessible to the people of Solomon Islands.
Meanwhile CEO Pradip Verma said, 16 percent of Solomon Islanders and 64 percent of Honiara residents have access to electricity.
“So SIEA is targeting to increase this to 25 and 75 percent respectively by 2020.”
A Honiara resident Vincent Kalinton said, the upgrading work done by SIEA will help business houses, customers and communities around the country access more electricity.
By ALFRED PAGEPITU