Description/achievement of initiative
The Pacific Islands Development Forum is partnering with Government of Tonga and Solar Head of State, to install solar panels on the residence of the King . This is part of the island’s target to generate 50% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020 . This project will be a symbolic statement of intent by the government, and also a test project to encourage more future grid-connected solar projects on the island.
Pacific Islands Development Forum and Solar Head of State with its will install a rooftop grid-connected solar photovoltaic system using panels donated.
Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer
The installation of this project will use a local installation company and some off-island experts will be brought in to provide training. Training in maintenance is also given to grounds staff of Government House. Local services have been used in every possible aspect of the project, and the training should increase capacity of installation crew for future projects.
Coordination mechanisms/governance structure
The Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) has been tasked to support a paradigm shift to a low carbon future. Noting the PIDF Leaders’ concerns on the impacts of climate change and their support for the Paris Agreement, the PIDF Secretariat together with the Solar Head of State (SHOS) a non-profit coordinates the installation. Donations (financial and in-kind) are arranged by the PIDF and SHOS working with the Government of Tonga to install the test project and ensure media focus.
Pacific Islands Development Forum, Solar Head of States, Government of Tonga