SIDS Lighthouses Initiative
The SIDS Lighthouses Initiative (LHI) is a framework for action to support Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in their energy transition efforts from fossil fuel dependence to renewables. The Initiative brings together 40 SIDS as well as 44 partners, including developed countries, regional and international organisations, development and multilateral agencies, private companies, research institutes and non-profit organisations. IRENA is the coordinator and facilitator of the initiative.
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Small Islands Developing States (40)
Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cape Verde, Comoros, Cook Islands, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Fiji, Grenada, Guyana, Kiribati, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Micronesia (Federated States of), Montserrat, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, São Tomé & Príncipe, Singapore, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos, Tuvalu, Vanuatu.
Non-partner Small Islands Developing States (17)
Haiti, Jamaica, Suriname, Timor-Leste, American Samoa, Anguilla, French Polynesia, Guadeloupe, Puerto Rico, Sint Maarten, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Commonwealth of Northern Marianas, French Polynesia, Guadeloupe, Guam, Martinique, Montserrat, Puerto Rico, Sint Maarten, U.S. Virgin Islands.
Australia, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, United Arab Emirates, United States of America
Airborne Wind Europe, Akuo, Association of the Overseas Countries and Territories of the European Union, Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator (CCSA), Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC), Clean Energy Solutions Center, Clinton Climate Initiative, ENEL, European Union, Greening the Islands, Island Innovation, Indian Ocean Commission, International Renewable Energy Agency, Islands and Small States Institute (ISSI) , Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States, Pacific Community (SPC), Pacific Islands Development Forum, Pacific Power Association, Rocky Mountain Institute - Carbon War Room, Solar Head of State, Sustainable Energy for All, Sur Futuro Foundation, United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UNOHRLLS), University of Delaware, University of Malta, World Bank
Affiliated Partners with Cooperation Agreements and Workplans (7)
Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE), CARICOM Development Fund, Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC), Pacific Community (SPC), SIDS DOCK, UNOHRLLS
How to join
IRENA as the coordinator of the SIDS Lighthouses Initiative (LHI) welcomes partnerships with Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and other partners, including governments, international and regional organizations, non-government organisations (NGOs), financing institutions, research and academic institutes and private sector entities, to work together in strengthening SIDS climate resilience and sustainable development. It is also important to note that becoming a partner of the SIDS Lighthouses Initiative is free of charge.
The official letter and Expression of Interest (EOI) to become a partner of the SIDS Lighthouses Initiative should be addressed to:
Mr Francesco La Camera
International Renewable Energy Agency
Masdar, Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates
Renewable Energy Progress
The trend of increasing the adoption of innovative solutions including RE, energy efficiency and other innovative technologies in SIDS continues to evolve. This is evidently reflected in the cumulative installed RE capacity that has increased substantially from 2014 to 2022, equating to a twofold increase from 3.5 GW to 7.6 GW. This progressive shift is notable across various RE technologies, particularly for solar energy that has exhibited a remarkable ninefold capacity increase from 0.3 GW to 3.2 GW. On the other hand, the wind power capacity has doubled from 0.5 GW to 0.9 GW since 2014, contributing to the overall growth of the RE landscape in SIDS. Furthermore, the bioenergy capacity has expanded by approximately 68% totalling 1.7 GW in 2022. The accelerated deployment of innovative solutions in SIDS underpins their ongoing commitment in collaboration with partners towards a just and equitable energy transition for sustainable development for a climate resilient future.
Securing Access to Affordable, Reliable and Clean Water in Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesSt. Vincent and the Grenadines, like other SIDS, face water scarcity challenges which are exacerbated by natural disasters and climate change impacts. The video highlights how the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines has sought to enhance water security, build resilience, and reduce energy consumption through the implementation of a solar powered reverse osmosis desalination pilot project in the outer island of Bequia. The desalination plant, which has the capacity to produce 34,560 gallons of potable water for approximately 1000 inhabitants has improved the quality of life and livelihoods of the community including the health, education, fishery, and tourism sectors by significantly reducing the cost and improving the availability and quality of the water. With appropriate financing, the long-term plan is to increase the size of the solar PV system and to replicate to the other Grenadine islands of Mayreau, Union Island and Canouan.
Building the Capacity of Future Generations to Lead the Energy Transition in SeychellesThe Government of Seychelles has prioritized promoting youth participation for a just and sustainable energy transition. As part of the Government’s broader objective to reduce its fossil fuel consumption by 15% by 2030 and to build capacity among the younger generation, the School Solar Project is being implemented with an aim to install solar PV systems on all, 32 public schools located on the three main islands of Mahé, Praslin and La Digue. The video shows how the schools’ rooftop systems provides students with an on-site learning experience while contributing to the energy needs of the school. Recognizing the important role that youth play within their communities as advocates and agents of change for the energy transition and climate action, the project has been instrumental in the Government’s plan to raise the level of awareness and educate the public about the use of renewable energy and the impacts of climate change.
Empowering Women and Rural Communities with Economic Opportunities through Renewables in SamoaThe Government of Samoa has recognised the importance of strengthening women’s involvement in the energy transition including raised the visibility of female role models working in the energy sector. Implemented by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, the Sa’asa’ai Biogas Project forms part of the “Improving the Performance and Reliability of RE Power System in Samoa” (IMPRESS) Project which supports the national objective to achieve 100 % renewable energy target by 2025. The video showcases the 10 cubic meter biogas digester system installation, established on the island of Savai’i to provide biogas from the piggery, kitchen, and organic wastes at Sa’asa’ai Community. The project has significant potential to be replicated in other Pacific SIDS due to the multiple socio-economic benefits. Not only has it contributed to sustainable waste management in the community and improved the quality of agricultural produce through the generation of liquid fertilizer but has also generated business opportunities and empowered women in rural communities through the provision of affordable gas for cooking and lighting.
Human Impacts of Energy Transition Efforts in Small Island Developing StatesThe short promo video showcases the human impacts of renewable energy deployment in Seychelles, Saint Vincent and Grenadines and Samoa in terms of jobs, gender equality and equity, entrepreneurship, improved public health, increased food and water security, sanitation, clean cooking and meeting other basic human needs whilst improving lives and livelihoods.
SIDS Ministerial – Climate Pledges to Action: Amplifying Energy Transition for Sustainable Development in SIDS, 13 January 2023The SIDS Ministerial provided an update on SIDS commitments towards the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals including the identification of strategies to accelerate action related to climate finance and implementation of renewable energy solutions.
IRENA at COP27: Closing the Gap — securing lives, creating livelihoods in SIDS, 16 November 2022IRENA through the SIDS Lighthouses Initiative, and the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) hosted a high-level event at COP27 to highlight the achievements of SIDS NDC implementation; to identify and prioritize the actions and gaps to meet their targets, and to highlight opportunities to increase their ambition on climate action.
Actions to accelerate energy transition & strengthen climate resilience in SIDSSmall Island Developing States (SIDS) hold great influence on global climate action, but investment in energy transition remains a major constraint in unlocking its renewable energy potential. The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) coordinates the SIDS Lighthouses Initiative to accelerate SIDS' energy transition and increase their climate resilience.
Improving healthcare and saving lives with renewables
IRENA Director-General Francesco La Camera on the 5th Anniversary of Paris Agreement and SIDS
Accelerating Renewable Energy in SIDS
Renewable energy transforming sustainable food systems
Renewable energy supporting sustainable water