On 19th December, Ministry of Environment held a ceremony at Hotel Jen to launch renewable energy hybrid power systems in 48 islands in Maldives. This is the biggest energy project conducted in Maldives so far, covering 160 inhabited islands.
For this project, the Environment Ministry of Maldives is working together with Asian Development Bank under the motive ‘Preparing Outer Islands for Sustainable Energy Development’. As part of this development, awareness programs were conducted with the participation of 6000 students and 12000 women in 12 atolls. Training was provided for 200 Fenaka staff from 8 atolls. PV power plants, battery energy storage systems, energy management systems and efﬁcient diesel generators was established in 48 islands. The project also includes distribution network upgrades to allow high levels of renewable energy penetration.
Maldives is extremely dependent on imported fossil fuels and vulnerable to price ﬂuctuations, which imposes a huge burden on the government budget. Therefore, reversing our dependence on imported fuel, and investing in renewable energy is a key priority of the Government to improve energy security of the country.