16 October 2017 | Article
IRENA’s grid integration work supports policymakers and public utilities from Small Island Developing States address and overcome technical constraints associated with the operation of electricity grids with high shares of variable renewables, such as solar and wind energy.
The initiative focuses on:
Between 2013 and 2016 IRENA completed grid integration studies for:
Currently Vanuatu, Fiji and the Dominican Republic are working together with IRENA on additional grid integration studies, specifically designed for the needs of each country.
Leveraging partnerships with regional institutions and local governments, IRENA has organized and facilitated technical events to facilitate the exchange of knowledge between power system operators and planners from island member countries with recognized international experts. Technical workshops supported by IRENA have taken place in Palau, Tonga, Samoa, Australia, St. Marten and Cuba.
The work with Small Island Developing states has been the basis to expand the support to member countries with larger power systems in interconnected areas.
For further information on IRENA’s grid integration support to Small Island Developing States please visit the page of the SIDS Lighthouses Initiative.