Support for IRENA’s SIDS Lighthouses Initiative
As of: May 2021
A low-emission energy sector is one of the basic prerequisites for a climate-friendly society. This project is contributing consulting services, technical support and other measures to the Small Island Developing States Lighthouses Initiative from IRENA. For countries located on small islands, the initiative provides a framework that helps to accelerate the transition to a low-emission and sustainable energy supply for the energy sectors in member states. The project is also developing financial models for renewable energy sources as well as implementing pilot projects in renewables. Project results are being shared with island states other than the project countries via IRENA’s Global Renewable Energy Islands Network (GREIN), where they are also promoting the expansion of renewables.
State of implementation/results
The Initiative brings together SIDS members and partners, including bilateral, multilateral, public, private and nonprofit organisations, to provide support for SIDS members in advancing RE deployment. 51 partners (36 SIDS and 15 other partners) from the Caribbean, the Pacific, Africa, the Indian Ocean, the Mediterranean and the South China Sea and 19 stakeholders have joined forces to work towards: (i) deploying renewable energy systems; (ii) mobilising financial resources and investments in RE; (iii) developing RE roadmaps and RE-enabling frameworks.
- The project provides a platform for the strategic deployment of RE and supports SIDS members in accessing knowledge, tools and services to facilitate planning and implementation of RE in line with their NDCs: Quickscans (19 completed), RE Readiness Assessments (RRAs, five completed), RE Roadmaps (four developed and two in progress), Grid Integration Studies (two ongoing and five completed), Project Navigator Island Modules and the Sustainable Energy Marketplace.