On the ground renewable energy development: from COP21 to Indonesia

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As a professional in sustainable energy, I find myself in a position where I want to work on renewable energy based projects in remote areas of developing countries. With my academic background and valuable experiences in renewable energy projects development from working at the EU Energy Initiative Partnership Dialogue Facility (EUEI PDF), I felt I lacked the on-the-ground experiences and the insights of what is going on in countries facing the poor or non-existent electrification. That was the reason why I decided to go to Indonesia to live in its remote areas and study the possibilities and challenges of rural electricity provision.

Working in Europe in 2015 has been crucial for this decision to go to Indonesia. I’ve been involved in the global processes related to the sustainable energy development, such as COP21 and I was closely following the adoption of new SDGs, where energy plays an important role as well as debates on financing of low carbon development.

The more involved I was the more questions arose in my mind, though.

How can I make a difference in securing the climate-friendly future for developing countries, if I sit comfortably in an office in the developed world?

How can the high-level climate agreement, INDCs, SDGs and other policy related plans and goals intended to support the low carbon development be transformed into actions and successfully implemented?

And the most importantly; How can I use my skills to get the world closer to 100% renewable energy?

I know I am not the only one with these questions, there are more qualified experts and organisations trying to find and actually implementing affordable off-grid energy solutions, such as HivosKopernik, EnDev Indonesia to mention the few I got in touch with since I came to Indonesia.

So now, I would like to gain as much knowledge in practical off-grid rural electrification process as possible and I plan to document and write my impressions about the ongoing climate-friendly initiatives in Indonesia. I am very open to work and volunteering opportunities, so if there is a chance I can support some off-grid rural electrification projects in the region, I’d like to hear about it!

Poor to no electrification in the Northern part of Flores
Poor to no electrification in the Northern part of Flores
Houses are connected to the unreliable national grid
Houses are connected to the unreliable national grid

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