Islands Aim to Phase out Fossil Fuels and Build Climate Resilience

While SIDS contribute only to a very small percentage of global emissions, they are taking decisive steps to scale up renewable energy and fulfil their own international climate pledges.

  • October 2020

Embracing Renewables in Cuba

Strong partnerships vital for accelerating Cuba’s energy transformation and realising renewable energy goals.

  • February 2018

Through Renewables, Islands Seek to Turn Urgency into Opportunity

New IRENA tools and platforms to aid energy transition among small island states seek to turn urgency into opportunity.

  • January 2018

SIDS Energy Day: Small, Strong and Resilient

The role of renewable energy as an enabler of island resilience and prosperity takes centre-stage at IRENA’s Small Island Developing States Energy Day.

  • November 2017

Solar Supports Village Livelihoods and Spurs Business in Fiji

Reliable solar-powered refrigerators are creating economic opportunities for remote, rural towns.

  • October 2017

Ministers: 'IRENA/ADFD Plays Key Role Advancing Renewables in Developing Countries'

Renewable energy projects from the Marshall Islands, Niger, Seychelles and the Solomon Islands have been selected to receive a total of USD 44.5 million in funding through the IRENA/ADFD Project Facility.

  • March 2017

Finding a Way to Transform Energy on Islands

IRENA 7th assembly delegates met to discuss how Small Island Developing States can be supported to become sustainable and self-sufficient with renewables.

  • January 2017

Scaling up Renewable Energy on Small Island Developing States: The Initiative for Renewable Island Energy

As early supporters of renewable energy technologies Small Island Developing States (SIDS) have played a pivotal role in demonstrating the role of renewables in achieving the Sustainable Development and Climate agendas. They know that overcoming...

  • November 2016

Boosting Global Renewables, One Island at a Time

Today, the US Department of Energy and the US State Department announced a new initiative to help boost renewables on islands. The Energy Transition Initiative Pacific Program will help Pacific islands move away from costly imported fuels and towards...

  • September 2016

Renewable Energy: A Win-Win Solution for Islands

On 2 December at COP21 in Paris, IRENA and Germany hosted an event to celebrate and strengthen win-win renewable solutions for small island developing states (SIDS).

  • December 2015