Pacific Islands Renewable Energy Investment Program

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Description

Helping free SIDS from their diesel dependence.

This programme covers seven Small Island Developing States (SIDS) which are some of the world’s smallest, most isolated economies. They are the Cook Islands, Tonga, Republic of Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Papua New Guinea, Nauru and Samoa. Power generation costs in these countries is among the highest because of their reliance on imported diesel, along with the high transportation costs from distributing the diesel to often highly dispersed populations.

All SIDS targeted in this programme recognize the benefits of shifting from diesel to renewable energy. This will lead to not only reduced greenhouse gas emissions but also enhanced energy security and improved balance of payments through reduced fossil fuel imports. But they also face various barriers in achieving this aim. This includes the high initial costs of installing renewable energy, the current lack of private sector investment and the pressing need for energy sector reforms.

This programme will initiate a number of paradigm-shifting moves across the seven SIDS. These include feasibility studies on how to expand renewable energy coverage, reform power utility management and encourage private sector engagement by identifying opportunities for independent power providers. Broad initiatives to move SIDS to renewable energy are being kicked off by an element within the programme to assist the Cook Islands install battery storage. This will help spur private sector investment to pave the way towards Cook Islands’ national target of 100 percent renewable energy by 2020.

Project Status
Start Date
Sunday, January 1, 2017
End Date
Tuesday, December 31, 2030
Duration
15 years
Short Title
Pacific Islands Renewable Energy Investment Program
Project Type
Total Funding
26,000,000
Donor Currency
USD
Project Scope