The Challenge of Unlocking Solar Capacity in the Pacific Islands

It’s no secret that most islands pay a high price for electricity. From Bermuda to Fiji, the cost of electricity would shock even Europeans.

Source: IRENA

But for most island economies, it’s not as simple as just swapping imported fossil fuels for renewable generation, even if the high-level economics seem promising.

The challenge of bringing the right type of electrification to islands where people live in energy poverty, like Vanuatu, is different from increasing renewable penetration on islands where there is already a functioning grid, like Bermuda. In both cases, however, a critical challenge is addressing local market needs and entrenched …read more

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