RURAL electrification in Rotuma using solar energy will start soon for the village of Fapufa next month.
The project provides a source of sustainable electricity supply to individual households in the village for lighting and small-appliance charging purposes.
This project was highlighted by USP's Dr Antoine De Ramon N'Yeurt during the Renewable and Climate Change international conference in USP last week.
Dr N'Yeurt said Total (Fiji) Ltd was approached about the project in 2011 and had agreed to give solar PV equipment for a pilot trial for one family in the village.
He said the project was implemented in January 2012 and was successful.
"Phase two of the project sponsored by Total (Fiji) Ltd will commence in August this year and will see the installation of solar PV systems in the remaining households of Fapufa Village," Dr N'Yeurt said.
"Workshops on the proper use and maintenance of solar PV systems will also be conducted in August and a local electrician will be contracted."
He said phase one of the project was successful with the system still operational and going strong.
"The challenges of rural electrification in remote islands are that local communities are not technically literate and find it hard to address maintenance issues.
"There is little training for the local communities on proper long-term use of the PV system and once a key piece of equipment breaks downs, the entire system usually fails."