Sumba Iconic Island (SII) Program is conducting another Coordination Meeting this year; this time the Coordination Meeting held at Umbu Tipuk Marisi National Building in Waingapu, East Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara Province (NTT).
SII Coordination Meeting is a routine activity under SII program which held twice a year, the meeting was attended by SII Program stakeholders including the government in national level, East Nusa Tenggara provincial government, the four district government of Sumba Island, PT. PLN, Hivos and local organizations.
The two-day activity was held on 7-8 May 2018 which aims to review and evaluate the implementation of SII Program by stakeholders within the NTT Province and four districts on Sumba Island. SII Coordination Meeting presents speakers from the Directorate General of New Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (DGNREEC-MEMR), Directorate General of Regional Finance Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Village, Development of Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration, Ministry of Cooperatives & SMEs, and Agency of Energy and Mineral Resources of East Nusa Tenggara Province.
Various topics discussed in the Coordination Meeting, as follows:
- Coordination among East Nusa Tenggara Provincial Government and District Governments of Sumba Island for the proposal of Special Allocation Fund for small scale energy of fiscal year 2019, which recommends the establishment of special communication forum involving Regional Working Unit (SKPD) in the districts of Sumba Island, the East Nusa Tenggara Provincial Government and the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, where the National Secretariat of SII Program will facilitate coordination on data synchronizing of special allocation fund submissions from the stakeholders.
- The establishment of village-owned enterprises (BUMDesa) and regional-owned enterprises (BUMD) as the institutional mechanism for the management of off-grid renewable energy installations on Sumba Island, as the possibility to be considered by the local government; the village-owned enterprise will have the ability to cooperate with RESCO (Renewable Energy Service Company) or other agencies as long as it is agreed within the community of the villages under MusrenbangDesa and legalized by the issuance of Village Regulation (RPJMDesa). One of the challenges to be considered for this option is the lack of management and financial capacity to run the village-owned enterprises. While for the regional-owned enterprises will need further discussion among stakeholders concerning the readiness of similar local entity that have been existing or whether there is a need to establish a new regional-owned enterprises. On the other hand, cooperatives is still a feasible option for the management of off-grid renewable energy installations.
- In regards to the challenges of local government’s budgeting on operational and maintenance aspect of renewable energy infrastructure on Sumba Island, the Ministry of Home Affairs recommends to utilize the “Special Financial Assistance” mechanism to be used by the District Government to the Provincial Government; another option is the utilization of the Village Fund.
Programme Development Manager Green Energy of Hivos Southeast Asia, Sandra Winarsa, said that at this meeting Hivos received a very useful information from the Ministry of Villages, Development of Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration and from the Directorate General of Regional Finance of the Ministry of Home Affairs related to funding options for the renewable energy infrastructure in addition to the state budget, regional budget, and Special Allocation Fund, which currently are not available for this year.
“These funds can be mobilized to increase access to energy at the village level, but they have not been maximized since there is an information gap between the central and the district government, these funds can be used if there is an entitled entity in the village that is ready to manage the funds,” said Sandra.
According to Sandra, the challenge in developing the capacity of villagers to access the funds needs special consideration. For example, the capacity of management aspect, the ability to write a proposal and develop a good program for the creation of productive activities and provide benefits for the whole community, as well as other forms of capacity development needed for the villagers.
In addition to the above mentioned topics of discussion, SII Coordination Meeting also discussed other issues related to the implementation of SII Program, such as: the Monitoring and Evaluation Plan (Monev) of SII Program in the year 2018, progress update of biomass powerplant 1MW in West Sumba, the discussion on Regent Regulation for the support of PLN’s Right of Way (RoW), the progress update of PLN’s village electrification program on Sumba Island, the action plan on gender mainstreaming capacity building program by the Ministry of Women Empowerment and Child Protection, and the workplan of Ministry of Cooperatives & SMEs for SII Program in fiscal year 2018 and 2019.
About Sumba Iconic Island Program
Sumba Iconic Island (SII) is a program that has been initiated since 2010 by the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) and Hivos. The goal is to provide energy access to communities in small and medium islands in Indonesia, through the utilization of renewable energy potential. In the long run, the government wish to provide 100% renewable energy by the year of 2025. The expected impact of this initiative is to increase the economy and well-being of Sumba people, as well as to replicate a similar development program in other parts of Indonesia.
Hivos (Humanist Institute for Cooperation with Developing Countries) is a non-profit Dutch foundation inspired by humanitarian values. Hivos is partnering with local organizations and entrepreneurs, sharing expertise and undertaking projects to improve access to the poor and marginalized groups to renewable energy.