The formulation of the National Development Strategy (NDS) is one of the key expected outputs of the Ministry of Development Planning and Aid Coordination as we strive for endurance and nation-building of our country, Solomon Islands. In 2010 the Ministry was tasked to prepare a National Development Strategy to replace the Medium Term Development Strategy 2008 - 2010.
Solomon Islands renewable energy national profile 2009:
- Total Primary Energy Supply: 6.1 PJ – Of which renewables: 3.4 PJ (54.5%)
- Energy self-sufficiency: 54.5%
- Fuel imports: 99 million USD (24.4% of total imports)
- Electricity generation: 84.3 GWh – Of which renewables: 0.6 GWh (0.7%)
- Electricity use per capita: 142 kWh
- Electrical capacity: 36.1 MW – Of which renewables: 0.1 MW (0.3%)
- Electricity access rate: 15.0%
Share of population using solid fuels: 92%
The JICA Team recommended that the power supply plan, as shown in Table 10-5-1, shall be implemented as an optimum power supply plan for the Solomon Islands.
Also it is recommended that the rural electrification plan by SHS, as shown in Table 10-3-12, shall be implemented as an effective electrification plan for remote rural areas in order to disseminate SHS programs and rural electrification.
The Solomon Islands is a sovereign nation with a population of approximately 500,0001. An archipelago of 992 islands stretches 1500 kilometres in a south-easterly direction from the southern tip of Bougainville Island in Papua New Guinea to the northern border of Vanuatu.
The National Energy Policy Framework sets out the Government's policies for the planning and management of the energy sector over the next 10 years. The framework defines the strategies that government is taking to ensure that the objectives of the policies are fully realised. In developing the energy policy framework government is mindful of the critical role of the energy sector in the attainment of its overall socio-economic development goals of improving the livelihood of all its peoples.