For over a decade, UNSW Engineering students and staff have helped address the basic communications and lighting needs for health and education in remote Vanuatu villages, using solar electricity. Read the full story.
The UNSW Énergie Renouvelable project in Vanuatu has been active on the Tanna Island since 2007. To date, UNSW students and staff have installed solar-powered lighting and phone charging facilities in 14 rural health aid posts, updated renewable energy services for three schools, worked on a mini-grid to provide energy security to Imaki village, and provided locals with a solar power user guide in Bislama and English.
After the devastating Tropical Cyclone Pam, in March 2015, UNSW teams sought to address both communications and lighting needs in remote villages without electricity.
In 2019 the team successfully completed a survey of geothermal energy sites and assessed damaged to a mini hydro energy system.