TechInPacific – The Australian government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has announced partnerships with Sola PayGo, d.light and Bmobile to provide affordable and reliable solar units to remote areas in Papua New Guinea (PNG). The service will be delivered using a pay-as-you-go business model.
Sola PayGo is a solar company specializes in providing solar energy for both individuals and communities. Its services are affordable, reliable, as well as accessible. Bmobile is a PNG government-owned company dedicated to offering fast-speed data, reliable voice and SMS services across PNG and Solomon Islands. Meanwhile, d.light is a global leading company specializes in providing solar products for 2 billion people in developing countries with less access to reliable energy products, at affordable prices.
DAFT and Partners from the BPP to Provide Affordable Solar Power Units for Rural Communities in PNG
The three startups are from Round 3 of the Business Partnerships Platform (BPP) which aims at increasing access to solar energy in rural communities in PNG. Furthermore, the PNG-Australia partnership also aims at boosting growth in the private sector, improving infrastructure to support economic activities, as well as to encourage women to take part in the economy.
The Business Partnerships Platform (BPP) Round 3 aims at creating partnerships with businesses and investing in projects in the partner developing countries to deliver impactful services and commercial returns.
Round 3 of BPP has partnered with 10 businesses from different countries and with different projects. There are from Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Solomon Islands, Nepal, Pakistan, Kenya, Vietnam, and Laos. The Round 3 partnership expects to bring benefits for over 1 million people while more than 50% of them are women.
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