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Department works on replacing outdated solar DC meters

Luke Rawalai
Tuesday, August 26, 2014

THE Department of Energy will complete repair and replacements of 2400 solar DC meters in the North at the end of this month.

Department of rural electrification unit supervisor Frank Rokowaqa said DC meters initially used for solar home systems were no longer supplied in the market.

Mr Rokowaqa said such meters were now outdated. "We are currently getting our revenues via post offices and manual collection by our officers," he said.

"We are looking at ways to improve this solar revenue collection via the usage of rural banking systems and other advanced systems offered by mobile phone companies.

"Our repair and replacement work for 2400 systems for solar systems will be completed by end of this month in the provinces of Cakaudrove, Bua and Macuata."

He said talks were in progress with Westpac and other banks for the possibility of bill payment via their systems, which were already established in rural areas. "There are banking systems established in canteens and other central locations in rural areas and we are looking at partnering with them to solve the bill payment systems.

"At the moment, we are upgrading DC meters so that they can also cater for other electrical appliances such as videos, radios, refrigerators and so on. We are also replacing old solar panels and batteries in rural areas around the North."

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