Description/achievement of initiative
The Pacific Islands Development Forum is partnering with PIDF Member Countries (including Fiji, Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru,
Palau, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu) and Solar Head of State to facilitate the installation of solar energy infrastructure to power residences of heads of state of eleven PIDF member countries and the PIDF Headquarters to promote renewable energy in the Pacific
This project will be a symbolic statement of intent by the governments, and also a test project to encourage more future grid-connected solar projects on the islands.
Pacific Islands Development Solar Head of State and its partners will install a rooftop grid-connected solar photovoltaic system using panels donated in the respective nominated Government Building or Residences of Head of States
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 are coordinating the installation. Donations (financial and in-kind) are arranged by both the organization working with the respective Governments of Fiji, Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu to install the test projects and ensure media focus.
Pacific Islands Development Forum, Solar Head of State and Government of Fiji, Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru,
Palau, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu