The Enkatalie area on Tanna Island in Vanuatu was one of the hardest hit when Cyclone Pam struck in March 2015. Homes, businesses, vegetation and lives were destroyed by the natural disaster. The tragedy displayed the extreme vulnerability of local communities without cyclone shelters or modern sanitation and energy services.
From the devastation rose a new project created by the Vanuatu and Tafae provincial governments to rebuild and strengthen Tanna. The first stage of the project, part of Griffith University’s Climate Change Response Program, involved the building of community centres in 15 villages, each building designed to withstand Category 5 cyclones, and powered by Green NRG Co’s Mini Power System. Until now, the communities have not had access to electricity – following the project they now have access to a 24-hour source of renewable energy. The new buildings are fitted with Green NRG Co’s Mini Power Systems, solar panels, wind turbines, LED lighting, solar fridges and air conditioning.
To commemorate the opening of the community medical clinic, a traditional tribal dance celebration was held, with 13 tribal chiefs, 1,000 local dancers and project partners, including Green NRG Co, attending!
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