29 October 2019 (Honiara, Solomon Islands) – PIDF, together with partners GGGI and the Solomon Islands Department of Energy, today organised a workshop for stakeholders to introduce them to the project and seek their support towards its implementation; to review and confirm pre-selected sites, of Guadalcanal and Central in Solomon Islands as the project implementation sites; to review and confirm the type of training modules relevant for the locally targeted groups; and to identity potential individuals/ organizations/ agencies to assist in delivering the training workshops at the national and provincial levels.
As a fortified means of informed and inclusive decision-making by resource owners and local government officials for integration of green economy (GE) and renewable energy (RE) into local level planning and to strengthen implementation of renewable energy (RE) infrastructure for rural electrification, the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) partnership, with funding from the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), has led to the development of a project titled Capacity Building to Strengthen Sustainable Implementation of Renewable Energy Technologies for Rural Energy Access Project.
For the purpose of project familiarization and assimilation to key national stakeholders, a national workshop is proposed to be conducted in Solomon Islands by PIDF in partnership with the Solomon Island Ministry of Mines Energy and Rural Electrification.
This workshop’s outcome is expected to be a clear roadmap for action for successful delivery of training to selected rural community of Guadalcanal and Central Islands Provinces, including the following:
- Informative session on Project overview
- Confirmation of target project sites
- Consultative discussion on available training materials which includes Energy Efficiency Basics, Green Business Basics, and Inclusive Development. For the Renewable Energy Module, this would include RE General Principles, Solar in the community, Pico hydro in the community, Solar O&M basics, Pico hydro O&M basics, RE Financial management.
- Means of navigating or mitigating some challenges to implementing RE projects in rural areas of Solomon Islands.
- Identification of the current and pipeline RE projects identified within the preselected sites and discussion on the training gaps identified in these selected sites and the means to address these.
- To review and confirm the type of training modules relevant for the locally targeted groups
- To identify potential individuals/organizations/agencies to assist in delivering the training at the national and provincial levels and the possible development of training materials and delivery of the training.