A 2.1 million dollars grant through ESMAPs Small Island Developing States (SIDS) DOCK Support Program is playing a key role in helping Tuvalu achieve energy security through clean energy. The grant enables the country to reduce its dependence on imported fossil fuel used to generate power and to improve the efficiency and sustainability of its electricity system. The project co-financed by ESMAP will provide the country's largest solar PV facility, increasing the production of electricity through solar PV from 8 percent to 20 percent. It will also be the first installation of battery energy storage systems (BESS) in the island nation.
ESMAP support has been instrumental in the technical design and enhancement of the clients capacity to implement the project through two additional workstreams: An additional 1.2 million dollars has provided funding for Pacific Island utilities technical studies that have been critical in the design of this solar PV facility and others in Micronesia and the Marshall Islands; and a 3.5 million dollars ESMAP grant is co-financing a regional project, providing the enabling environment for the Pacific Island utilities readiness toward the clean transition.
Supporting Tuvalu Move Toward 100 Percent Renewable Energy (English). issue no. 21;ESMAP impact Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/778441609911205874/Supporting-Tuvalu-Move-Toward-100-Percent-Renewable-Energy