Roadmaps support an island's transition to renewable energy by providing clear pathways for the deployment of renewables. The roadmap covers the necessary technical, economic and policy elements of deployment. The roadmap analysis is usually centred on identifying the least-cost power system for the future, with additional assessments of how this system would be optimally dispatched. This analysis can be supported by an examination of the potential for renewables in end-uses and other sectors such as heating, cooling and transportation. The roadmap also contains specific policy recommendations to enable its implementation.
The Quickscan is a tool designed to assess the readiness of a Small Island Developing State (SIDS) to deploy renewable energy within the power sector. Designed as a questionnaire that encompasses seven critical factors for a successful deployment of renewable energy, the Quickscan yields communicable needs of SIDS within a very short period of time. These identified needs in turn allows SIDS governments and development partners to prioritise the areas of support towards accelerated renewable energy deployment.
The seven categories of indicators are:
1. Institutional Framework
Policy, regulations, institutional frameworks and market structures directly impact the effective and sustainable deployment of renewable energy. Within this category, the answers to twelve questions provide a comprehensive overview of the existing framework. Additionally, potential areas that deserve further attention to accelerate the deployment of renewable energy can be identified.
2. Knowledge Base
It is imperative to have an extensive cache of both institutional and technical knowledge to enable the successful transition to renewables. Questions within this category seek to establish the availability of information and understanding on key areas relevant to renewable energy, and to ascertain the availability and quality of data necessary to implement a transition to renewables.
Introducing renewables into existing energy systems requires an understanding of the readiness of infrastructure and organisations to support the planning of renewable energy projects. Hence, questions within this category seek to determine the robustness of local institutions and energy planning processes.
The availability, accessibility and affordability of financial resources is critical to implement the renewable energy transition. This category includes indicators to assess accessibility and adequacy of the available funding options from both public and private sources, both foreign and domestic.
The successful deployment of renewable energy as well as system operation and maintenance requires key processes, procedures and infrastructure. This category includes indicators to assess each of these areas in terms of their ability to support a renewable energy transition.
6. Capacity Building
Strong local capacity in subjects and disciplines that are essential for a successful transition to renewable energy is essential. It ensures a strong basis for planning, implementation and also maintenance. This category identifies high impact opportunities for boosting local capacity with regards to renewables.
Intra-and International cooperation in the form of financial, non-technical and technical, political knowledge transfer, are a few examples of the many areas of cooperation. This category examines and seeks to understand the current state of such cooperation between intragovernmental, international, non-governmental agencies and other relevant stakeholders and how it can support the transition to renewable energy. This category also helps to identify areas which would benefit from either increased cooperation or better coordination of existing cooperation.
Quickscans for twenty SIDS, partners of the SIDS Lighthouses Initative, have been completed to date.
The Renewables Readiness Assessment (RRA) is a comprehensive tool for assessing the conditions existing in a country for the development and deployment of renewables along with the actions required to improve those conditions. The Renewables Readiness Assessment (RRA) is a country-initiated, country-led, multi-stakeholder process that identifies the actions needed to support the deployment of renewables.
The process engages various stakeholders to compile relevant information, establish networks, and strengthen the enabling environment for renewable energy deployment. This multi-stakeholder consultation brings together key actors to discuss common challenges and jointly devise actions to address them with resources from the international community.
SIDS Lighthouses Initiative is supported and coordinated by the International Renewable Energy Agency.
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