Launched at the 2014 Climate Summit, the SIDS Lighthouses Initiative supports the development of a global framework for energy transition on islands. By 2020, it aims to:

- Ensure all participating islands develop renewable energy roadmaps;
- Mobilise USD 500 million;
- Deploy 120 MW of renewable energy capacity.

The Initiative facilitates coordinated support for islands to transform their predominantly fossil-based power systems to renewable energy through partnerships with public, private, intergovernmental, and non-governmental stakeholder organisations. Island partners gain access to:

- Policy and regulatory advisory services;
- Technical expertise in planning, identifying, structuring and executing projects;
- Financing for capacity building, policy and regulatory design, early-stage transactions, and project finance;
- A network to share information, knowledge and practices.


IRENA coordinates the initiative and facilitates several activities that bring islands and partners together to support all operational steps in the energy transition, from resource assessments and planning to project development support. This enables the smart deployment of renewables in the power, heating, cooling and transportation sectors and allows the sharing of knowledge regarding common challenges and best practices.


Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cape Verde, Cuba, Comoros, Cook Islands, Dominican Republic, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, France, Japan, Germany, Grenada, Guyana, Italy, Kiribati, Republic of Maldives, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Montserrat, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Norway, Pacific Islands Development Forum, Palau, Papua New Guinea, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Indian Ocean Commission, International Renewable Energy Agency, Association of the Overseas Countries and Territories of the European Union, United Nations Development Programme, World Bank, ENEL, Clean Energy Solutions Center, Clinton Climate Initiative, Rocky Mountain Institute - Carbon War Room, SE4ALL, The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States, Solar Head of State

RE Progress

The strong political commitment of SIDS and the remarkable cost reductions in technologies such as solar PV and onshore wind, coupled with the support of a wide range of partners, have made renewables an affordable solution for countries with limited financing and technical capabilities. Learn more about the current state of renewables and related information in SIDS.





Capacity building workshop on preparation of bankable concept notes for climate finance in SIDS
28 January 2019 | 30 January 2019 | Male, Maldives

MOEJ and IRENA organised a three-day training program to support the development of project proposals to access climate finance by SIDS stakeholders through various entities including local banks and climate finance entities.

SIDS Lighthouses Initiative workshop on renewable energy project development and financing in the Indian Ocean Islands
19 November 2018 | 23 November 2018 | Port Louis, Mauritius

Organized in the framework of the SIDS Lighthouses Initiative and co-organized with the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC), this regional workshop on renewable energy project development and financing in the Indian Ocean Islands aims to support capacity building efforts by implementing a regional training on project development and financing for local SIDS stakeholders.



SIDS Lighthouses Initiative is supported and coordinated by the International Renewable Energy Agency.


Please contact us at
Email: islands@irena.org
Phone: +971 2 417 9000