community projects

At Edison Projects Australia we believe that access to stable electricity is a critical enabler to provide better health, education, safety, prosperity and political stability.

In some communities, this just hasn’t been obtainable. We recognise this and complete feasibility, high-level planning and costings pro-bono to help get a project started.

After a project is proven feasible we look for additional funding to support the program. We source funding through grants, company corporate social responsibility programs, philanthropic programs and organisations, and individuals via gifts or crowd funding campaigns. 

We work closely with Australian Business Volunteers, a registered charity with 40 years’ experience across Australia, Asia and Pacific. ABV is focussed on programs that produce outcomes, positive stories of change for the households, small businesses and not-for-profits that their Skilled Business Professionals who donate their time,  and expert staff support through transferring Australian know-how and experience. ABV lead the projects on the ground, and provide contributors with deductible gift status on every dollar they contribute.

We also seek partners to help with supply of items that help maximise the benefits of our community programs. For example, with our electrification programs we may seek partners to assist with the supply of refrigeration, induction cooktops and LED lighting.

 

our current community projects

Project on hold due to COVID-19 Outbreak

Less than 15% of the Papua New Guinean population has access to a stable electricity supply. People living outside of the main population centres are even less likely to have access to electricity.

Access to stable energy promotes economic growth, creating employment and improving health, safety and educational outcomes. 

Kolonoboi Village is one such village. It is a rural village located in New Ireland Province of PNG  with no access to the electricity grid and very few generators. Cooking is done over open fire or kerosene and without refrigeration fresh food must be caught or slaughtered every other day. The health clinic in the village has no electricity and can’t store much needed vaccines or medications depending on cold storage such as antibiotics for children.

This project will electrify Kolonoboi Village using unique patent-pending self-install distributed energy generation and storage solutions at each building. A hut can generally be electrified in around 90 minutes and the solution has a life span of ten years - providing free electricity to that hut for all that time.

  • Feasibility study -  complete
  • Area mapping (satellite) - underway
  • Funding activities - commencing August 2020 - November 2020 (Go/No Go point)
  • Detailed planning - September 2020 - November 2020
  • Infrastructure and equipment manufacture/procurement commence - December 2020
  • Delivery of infrastructure to site - March 2021
  • Installation and Training - April 2021
  • Post implementation review - March 2022

 

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Project on hold due to COVID-19 Outbreak

The Boluminski Highway is the main land transportation route on the island of New Ireland in Papua New Guinea. It runs from the provincial capital of Kavieng for 193 km down the east coast of the island to Namatanai and beyond. The whole highway from Kavieng to Namatanai was finally sealed in April 2019.

The highway is beautiful but very dangerous at night without any lighting along most of the highway. 

This project will see the installation of cyclone resistant solar powered highway lighting along the length of the highway.

  • EPA funded feasibility and cost studies are underway.
  • Prototype solar lighting solutions under development and testing
  • Go/no go decision to proceed - December 2020

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