Solomon Islands consist of six large islands and over 900 smaller islands. Only one third of the total 992 islands are populated. The largest island is Guadalcanal and other major islands are Makira, San Cristobal, Vella Lavella, Choisuel, Rennel, New Georgia and Santa Cruz group. Solomon Islands are located in a seismically active region. The population of Solomon Islands is approximately 622,000 (CIA World Factboook, 2015). The capital of Solomon Islands is Honiara with a population of approximately 64,000. Honiara is located on the island of Guadalcanal.
The ETC is focussed on preparedness activities in Solomon Islands and nearby Pacific Island countries under its Pacific Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR) project, lead by WFP.
Solomon Power is the owner and operator of electricity supply systems in Solomon Islands, with principal activities to generate, distribute and sell electricity to the country. Solomon Power is a state owned enterprise. The Solomon Islands Electricity Authority began operating in1969, and in December 2015, rebranded and began trading as Solomon Power (www.solomonpower.com.sb).
Electrical power transmission in Solomon Islands is 220V, 50 Hz, Type I and Type G plug and socket. The Type I plug has two flat pins in a V-shape as well as a grounding pin. A version of the plug, which only has the two flat pins, exists as well. The Type G plug has three rectangular blades in a triangular pattern.
Solomon Islands is not currently connected via a submarine fibre-optic sea cable which means that the country is largely dependent on satellite based technology for international connectivity into its internet backbone. The country recently established the Solomon Island Submarine Cable Company (SISCC) to undertake the submarine cable project that is expected to land in Honiara.
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