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Small islands shifting to renewables

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The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is stepping up its plans to help small island developing states (SIDS) shift to clean power.

Leaders from both met at a side event held during the United Nations General Assembly held in New York. They agreed to move forward with the SIDS Lighthouses 2.0 initiative, an acceleration of the original platform launched in 2014. Since it first got underway there has been a significant adoption of green energy by the 36 SIDS members, with more than ‘250 MW of solar photovoltaic and over 50 MW of wind energy came online between 2014 and 2017,’ according to IRENA.

 

“Small island developing states are on the frontlines of climate change, and they are also at the forefront of global energy transformation. SIDS governments have demonstrated tremendous leadership in harnessing their renewable energy potential, and the LHI was created to help them reap the benefits of a renewable energy transformation. The SIDS LHI achieved its 2020 targets three years ahead of schedule, creating a tremendous momentum for the SIDS Lighthouses Initiative 2.0 to now take even further,” said Adnan Z. Amin, IRENA Director-General.

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