The four key challenges for Solomon Power in the future are effective and efficient delivery of the SBD 1 Billion capital programme, development and sustenance of human capital, increasing the footprint of the electricity network and to offer electricity at lower prices. Solomon Power are conscious of the high cost of electricity in Solomon Islands due to our heavy reliance on diesel and are therefore actively working with all our stakeholders to pursue initiatives to bring down the price of electricity. We hope the renewable energy proposals on the table, on completion, will assist Solomon Power to reduce the price of electricity.This includes the recent commisioning of the 1MW Hendeson solar farm, 150kW Buala mini-Hydro and upgrade to he Honiara and Lungga power stations. Hemant Kumar is a Chartered Electrical Engineer with more than 28 years of experience in the Power Industry in Australia, New Zealand and in the South Pacific. He has held senior management roles while working for electricity distribution, transmission and generation utilities. His roles included Team leadership, Planning Manager/Engineer, Network Development Manager, Standards Manager, Design Manager, Project Manager, and Contracts Manager/Engineer. He has led an amalgamation of several design standards. He has been responsible for development of asset management plans, network planning, and optimization and capital expenditure programs. He also has several years of electricity network management experience including planning, operational, development of business case to the board and development of asset management plans.