Initiatives, Organizations, and Projects

Photo of a red brick house with two large sets of solar panels set into its red tile roof. Between the sets of panels are a red satellite dish and a skylight. A clear blue sky shines above the roof and lush green plants surround the house.

Solar power technologies, from individual home systems like this one to large-scale concentrating solar power systems, have the potential to help meet growing energy needs and provide diversity and reliability in energy supplies.

The international partnership for Energy Development in Island Nations (EDIN) is just beginning its work with islands. Until we can celebrate more of our own successes, other initiatives, organizations, and project case studies provide examples of how clean energy initiatives can help islands achieve their goals.

Carbon War Room

The Carbon War Room brings together successful entrepreneurs, business leaders, policy experts, researchers, and thought leaders to identify the barriers that are impeding market-based scale-up of climate change solutions and thus perpetuating the status quo. The War Room is focused on harnessing the power of entrepreneurs to implement market-driven solutions to climate change and lead the shift to a post-carbon economy.

Caribbean Information Platform on Renewable Energy (CIPORE)

The Caribbean Information Platform on Renewable Energy (CIPORE) is a Web portal that provides information on renewable energy in the Caribbean region to assist local ministries responsible for energy in building their capacity in the area of renewable energy development.

Global Sustainable Energy Islands Initiative

The Global Sustainable Energy Islands Initiative is a consortium of international organizations working with small islands to mitigate barriers and transform their energy systems from fossil-fuel-based to sustainable energy systems.

Island Energy Projects

While not associated with EDIN, these projects provide interesting examples of how islands can make use of their renewable energy resources, reduce their dependence on fossil fuels, and reach their goals for energy independence.

Pacific Regional Environment Programme

The Pacific Regional Environment Programme promotes cooperation in the Pacific islands region, provides assistance to protect and improve the environment and to ensure sustainable development for present and future generations.The organization's Pacific Islands Greenhouse Gas Abatement through Renewable Energy Project promotes the productive use of renewable energy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Small Island Developing States Network

The Small Island Developing States Network (SIDSNet), established in 1997, is a clearinghouse for data, information, expertise, United Nations decisions and resolutions, and current events related to sustainable development on islands.

USAID Energy Toolbox

USAID's online energy toolbox comprises multiple toolkits designed to assist developing nations in addressing their energy challenges. The Electricity Sector Reform Toolkit provides guidance on key elements to consider in designing and implementing electricity sector reforms by identifying different building blocks, options, and success factors and providing current thinking and lessons learned on a broad set of reform approaches and results. The Grid-Connected Renewable Energy Generation Training and Field Support Toolkit is designed to help national decision makers understand and assess the relevance of policies and programs that have been used successfully in support of large, grid-connected renewable energy development. The toolkit highlights key issues nations must address in designing a renewable energy framework and seeks to explain key concepts. It also provides policy makers with a broad overview of renewable energy technologies. Throughout the entire USAID Energy Toolbox are direct links to other relevant resources, including papers, studies, and reports.