Vanuatu Rural Electrification Project (VREP)


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Vanuatu Rural Electrification Project (VREP)

VREP Stage 1
VREP Stage 2

Project Details

Service: Consultancy
Client: Vanuatu Department of Energy (DoE) via World Bank
Date: 2014-2015 & 2017-2018
Location: Vanuatu
Overview: Client advisor for a subsidy program for rural Vanuatu home owners to purchase a plug-and-play solar home system approved through Lighting Global

About this Project

VREP Stage 1 had nine work components:

  • Defining the eligibility criteria for beneficiaries (home owners);
  • Defining the criteria for registration of participating vendors (solar businesses);
  • Building the process for registration and de-registration of vendors;
  • Outlining product registration criteria;
  • Creation of a product catalogue;
  • Defining the process for inclusion and removal of products from the Product Catalogue
  • Building the mechanism for the amendment and dissemination of the Product Catalogue to ensure it is current;
  • Defining the process for sale to remote consumers, verification of the sale and Subsidy Payment Process;
  • Defining the process for a grievance redress mechanism
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VREP Stage 2 had five work components:

  • Defining the technical standards which the individual components within a solar home system shall comply with and how this is verified.
  • Creating the installation guidelines/standards.
  • Defining the minimum technical education level of the installers (e.g. competency standards that must be met).
  • Creating the verification and inspections checklists for component based solar home systems and their installation.
  • Defining the procedures required to approve the components and the installers.

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