Tuvalu

Tuvalu

  • Target: Achieve 100% renewable electricity and increase energy efficiency by 30%, by 2020
  • Status: In progress
  • RES: Solar photovoltaics, and biogas from pig manure.
  • Implementation: In 2009, the government of Tuvalu adopted the National Energy Policy (NEP) setting out its 100% target. The National Energy Policy includes a mechanism which is analogous to a Renewable Portfolio Standard, which relies on most projects being funded by external development assistance, on a bilateral basis with the Tuvalu Electric Company. Action began with a 40 kw rooftop solar system that supplies 5% of the capital city of Funafuti's power. The plant was donated by e8, a non-profit organisation comprising 10 electricity companies from the G8 countries. Next was the installation of 46 kilowatt solar power system on a local secondary school for an estimated cost of US$800,000. The island also makes use of biogas from pig manure. With the support of ADEME and UNDP, a training program for biogas installation was put into effect. It is estimated that US$20 million is needed overall to reach the country's target. In 2013, the government signed on the Majuro Declaration by the Pacific Islands Federation, reaffirming its commitment and providing further details into its strategy. Tuvalu established the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Unit within the Tuvalu Electricity Corporation (TEC) in partnership with the New Zealand Aid Programme. The Unit  helps Tuvalu to develop its development strategy further. In January 2014, the World Bank approved a US$7 million grant from its International Development Association for the Tuvalu Energy Sector Development Project (ESDP) to support Tuvalu’s goals. The project includes a Gender Scoping Study, and a Gender Action Plan and Monitoring and Evaluation Framework which aims to ensure equal input into the project's design and implementation as well as equal share into the benefits of renewable energy, by both men and women. In April 2015, Solarcity and Infratec Renewables installed a 170kW of solar photovoltaic system on two Government owned buildings in Funafuti. This US$780k project is expected deliver 5% of the island's energy demand.
  • Population: 11,192 (2017)
  • Area: 26 km2 (10 sq mi)
  • Link: http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/press-release/2015/01/26/tuvalu-efficient-renewable-energy
Tuvalu

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