To provide access to reliable and 100 percent renewable forms of energy for the 750,000 inhabitants of Sumba Island, ending their dependency on fossil fuels and supporting gender-balanced development and economic activities of the people.
Sumba Island, East Nusa Tenggara Province, Indonesia.
Access to energy is very limited in Indonesia‘s rural areas, especially on remote islands. Sumba is one of the most remote and disadvantaged islands of the Indonesian archipelago. Without electricity, its children cannot do their homework at night,and its families cannot run competitive businesses.But Sumba has many potential sources of renewable energy such as biogas (waste from livestock), water, wind, biomass and solar energy that would benefit the population. If these sources were fully harvested, they could be used to drive the local economy forward and alleviate poverty on the island.
Access to alternative renewable energy is created through a bottom-up collaboration between government(national, regional and local), the state electricity company PLN, private sector enterprises (some through their Corporate Social Responsibility activities), civil society organizations, international donors and energy access projects that contribute to the Iconic Island roadmap. In addition to addressing energy access, coalition partners also promote economic opportunities for women in the community.