The island of Sumba is an 11000 km² island in the Savu Sea and includes 640.000 inhabitants. Like all small island states, it is severely threatened by the effects of climate change.
They are present on the island 12 mini-hydroelectric plants (3,43 kW), 100 mini-wind plants (50 kW), 14868 photovoltaic modules (439 kW) and 557 small digesters for the production of biogas.
All this was achieved thanks to the project “Sumba Iconic Island”, The result of a multi-stakeholder collaboration between the Indonesian government and private companies, which had the Dutch NGO Hivos as promoter and supervisor and which saw the community's participatory and attentive commitment, restoring a sense of self-realization that has strengthened relations and laid the foundations for future progress. The aim of the project was to bring clean, cheap and sustainable energy to the local community which previously had no access to any form of modern energy. The investment made amounts to 15 million and in a short time has already led to over 42% the level of rural electrification.
By increasing the scale of the policies implemented so far, by building interconnections and network infrastructures, the universal electrification of the island from renewable sources is expected to be achieved by 2025.