Electricity Out of Popondetta

Power lines have been appearing along the main road from Popondetta to Kokoda for some time. News is now beginning to break that electricity will soon be coming to villages outside the main town.

Currently, only those living in town have access to power. This new infrastructure is based on the generation of hydro-electric power from near Kokoda. This will allow those living in somewhat remote areas to have electricity. Many people do not know what it is like to have light at home when it is dark or use cooking facilities that do not require a naked flame or kerosene stoves.

However, there are still people in the very remote areas where electricity is not a possibility. Their locations and rough terrain make it too difficult it at this stage for conventional power generation to reach them.