Eligibility assessment for renewable energy reforms in the Republic of the Marshall Islands

By Miguel Trillo

Access to affordable and reliable sources of energy is crucial to enhancing sustainable livelihoods in the Pacific Island countries, contributing to economic growth and development in remote off grid atolls, here vulnerable communities live. Financing for outer island renewable energy equipment installation, maintenance and the eventual replacement of essential parts, batteries, inverters, etc has to be secured with local leaders. OIKO LOGICA Team held meetings with majors of 10 Atols to define user-pay models via a revolving fund via monthly user-fees. This majors meet once a year! they spend up to 12 hours commuting in ferries and small boats to reach Majuro. They do not have electricity nor telephone connections in their small islands.