Each school has nominated a community representative via their parent teacher associations (PTAs). The role of the Community Solar Champion is to be the focal point in the community for the project and on-going sustainable operation of the power supplies and services. He/she will receive training during the project and through annual refresher training.
Today, July 30th 2013, four Community Champions from four of the five schools came to a one-day training held at Willies Solar Company facility in Honiara. An officer from the Ministry of Education’s Infrastructure Coordination Unit also attended. The objective of the training was orientation; to brief them on the project and their role in it.
The schools nominated the following people:
- Medly Suia – Aruligo
- William Panga – Betivatu (he is also vice-chairman of the PTA)
- Wayne Donga Sauronga – Tenakoqa
- Paul Heti – Rate (he is an electrician)
- Fred Ruaka – Titinge (he is also Treasurer of the school board)
The role of the Community Solar Champion is to:
- To represent the community in any project meetings and activities
- To communicate with the community and explain project information, and respond to queries
- To communicate with the Management Committee and the stakeholders
- To monitor that obligations are fulfilled out as agreed in the School Community Agreement
- To carry out technical monitoring as required in the School Community Agreement
- To attend project training and annual refresher training
- To submit reports as required in the School Community Agreement
The role of Community Solar Champion requires the following attributes:
- Someone who lives in the community
- Someone who is trusted by the community
- A strong and proven organiser
- An interest in solar power and technology
- Willingness to be trained to carry out technical tasks
- Committed to the improvement of the community, especially the school
- A good communicator
(Above) William Iro of Willies Solar Company shows participants some new solar power technology.
(Below), The solar village at Willies facility in Honiara.