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, 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.





Training workshop on renewable energy project development and financing for Pacific and Caribbean Small Islands
15 October 2018 | 19 October 2018 | Maui, Hawaii, United States of America

Under the framework of the SIDS Lighthouses Initiative, IRENA held a technical workshop on project development and financing for Caribbean and Pacific SIDS stakeholders during IPS Connect 2018.

SIDS Lighthouses Initiative 2.0: High-Level Roundtable on “Increasing Ambition to Accelerate Energy Transformation in Small Islands Developing States”
28 September 2018 | 28 September 2018 | New York, USA

Building on the success of the Initiative and following the consultative process undertaken with all LHI partners, this event will be instrumental in drawing together political leadership and launch a more ambitious phase of the Initiative, LHI 2.0, which will take the sustainable energy transformation of islands to the next level. Learn more about the priority action areas.



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