The Sumba Iconic Island project turns alternative renewable into reality, enabling gender-balanced economic well-being by solving Indonesia’s access to electricity.


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Real Lives, Transformed

SII is turning dry savannas into lush vegetable gardens and seasonal artisans into successful weavers. Read on how lives are being transformed from the furthest end of East Sumba to the most remote part of Southwest Sumba.

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Changemakers & Innovators

Whether its carving hills or sharing lands, collaboration is key to Sumba’s geological and social challenges. Read about the kings, village officials, priests and commoners who are working side by side to ensure the success of the SII project.

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Challenges & Opportunities

The SII initiatives has successfully expanded Sumba’s electrification ratio to 40%. New partnerships and a strengthened stakeholders’ commitment will ensure we can reach 100% electrification target by 2025.

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100% Renewable

Up to 37 MW of renewable energy can be harvested in Sumba according to Castlerockasia’s research –enough to supply the island’s electricity needs twice over until 2020. Its success can serve as model for all Indonesia.

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Through Renewable Energy, Sumba Hopes to Improve the Economy of the Luku Wingir Community – The Regional Government of East Sumba Regency hopes that through gender integration and renewable energy models developed by the Ministry of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection together with Hivos in Luku Wingir Village-Kambata

Why We Need Decentralized Renewable Energy to Power the World

Hydro plant, Sumba, Indonesia. Credit: Josh Estey/Hivos

By Eco Matser

Eco Matser, Hivos global Climate Change/Energy and Development Coordinator – As the energy sector is transforming, there is a growing consensus that sustainable energy is a catalyst

Solar, Wind, and Water that Helps Sumba’s Electricity Needs

Two students from Inpres Laikarenga elementary school are installing lanterns in the battery charging area. Every student pays IDR 1,500 per-charging, Monday (29/1). (CNNIndonesia/Feri Agus) – The Government of Indonesia has a portion target of