TAMBOLAKA, SOUTHWEST SUMBA, NTT – The Sumba Iconic Island (SII) program holds out a gathering for two days on 10-11 April 2017, with stakeholders resumed the Coordination Meeting at the Sinar Tambolaka Hotel, Southwest Sumba Regency, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), involving the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, the Provincial Government of East Nusa Tenggara and the District Governments of Sumba Island and Sumba NGOs.
The Sumba Iconic Island (SII) Programme Coordination Meeting strategic agenda mostly concerning the implications of the implementation of Law No. 23/2014 and Government Regulation No. 18/2016 – specifically related to the transfer of energy authority to the Provincial Government – which is against SII coordination mechanisms. Some of the main agendas discussed to find solutions are:
- The elimination of the Mining and Energy Office (Distamben) / work unit at the District level, whereas previously this unit was the “main guard” of the SII program implementation at the district level. Previously, the Technical Implementation Unit of ESDM Service of East Nusa Tenggara Province (UPTD) was set up at the District level which would initially operate as of January 1, 2017. However, UPTD has not been operational until now, so that the implementation of the program related to community service is halted.
- The Regional Development Planning Agency (Bappeda) in each District, which is expected to function as post-deletion coordinator for continuous implementation of SII Program at the District level, also cannot work optimally due to lack of budget for energy programs. The authority of the energy task is also have been transferred to the Province.
- The SII Program Coordination Team at the Provincial level for the continuation of the coordination mechanism at the Dis
trict level, also needs to be followed up by the NTT Provincial Government.
“This time, SII meeting is more challenging in addition to the loss of the District Distamben function in the midst of the expected 2020 acceleration, the transition of authority to the Provincial level becomes very important for the preparation of projects funded by the Special Allocation Fund (Dana Alokasi Khusus/DAK) and the APBN,” said Sandra Winarsa, Project Manager Green Energy (Sumba), Hivos. According to Sandra, a concrete solution that also must be reached soon is related to synchronization and optimization of Village Fund Budget (ADD) and coordination of Local Government and PT. PLN for 100% Electricity Village Program in Sumba Island.
“The implementation of the SII Program employs a multi-actor approach, where stakeholders contribute and are directly involved in accelerating energy access, not only from government -at the Central, provincial or district levels- but also involving local NGOs on Sumba Island, and international organizations/institutions such as Hivos and Millennium Challenge Account-Indonesia (MCA-Indonesia), as well as private parties,” Sandra added.
The Coordination Meeting in Tambokala also scheduled discussions between the local government and investors who expressed their interest in the development of EBT in Sumba, as well as gender mainstreaming in access to energy together with the Office of Women Empowerment and Child Protection (PPPA) and Gender Focal Point consisting of five Sumba’s NGOs.
About the Sumba Iconic Island Program
The Sumba island development as Renewable Energy Iconic Island (Sumba Iconic Island) is an activity initiated since 2010 by the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) and Hivos which aims to provide energy access to communities on small and medium islands in Indonesia, through the exploitation of renewable energy (EBT). The goal is to realize the availability of energy derived from renewable energy by 100% by 2020, and to encourage the economy to improve the welfare of the people of Sumba Island that could be replicated, not only in Indonesia but also in other parts of the world.
The achievements of the SII Multi-Actors Program
- The electrification ratio of Sumba Island has risen significantly from 24.5% in 2010 to 42.67% in 2015. Renewable energy contributions also increased from extremely minimal in 2010 to 12.70%.
- The total capacity of 6.76 MW EBT with total investment Rp. 160 billion by 2016.
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. Working closely in strategic partnerships with other organizations, since 2008 Hivos has used a market-based approach to installing more than 18,000 biogas processing equipment in Indonesia. Until 2013, Hivos has provided a sustainable form of energy to 20,380 women.