Under the Framework of the Green New Deal, KOICA launched the Clean Energy Project in Indonesia and Timor-Leste
Under the Framework of the Green New Deal,
KOICA launched the Clean Energy Project in Indonesia and Timor-Leste
About 20,000 people living in rural and remote parts of Indonesia and Timor-Leste will gain access to clean electricity and clean water from solar power as a result of a US$ 18 million initiative designed by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) for a four year period.
The ACCESS (Accelerating Clean Energy Access to Reduce Inequality) initiative is also a collaboration with the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources of the Republic of Indonesia, the Ministry of State Administration of the Republic of Timor-Leste and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in both Indonesia and Timor-Leste.
During the Launching Ceremony for the ACCESS Project on September 10, 2020, KOICA shared its priority considerations that the project has enormous symbolic significances in two respects. First, the ACCESS project will enrich the concerted efforts to bring the benefits of renewable energy to deprived communities under the framework of the Green New Deal of the Korean government. Second, the project will also revitalize the collaborative actions to expand SSTC, South-South and Triangular Cooperation.
To date, more than 10 million Indonesians and around 37-thousand families among Timor-Leste’s 1.2 million people do not have access to reliable electricity. The majority of them live in the remote parts of the country, where the project will focus.
In Indonesia, ACCESS will be carried out in 23 villages in the provinces of West Sulawesi, Southeast Sulawesi, East Nusa Tenggara and Central Kalimantan. It will see the construction of 1.2 Mega Watt off-grid solar-PV power plants in total. The location in Timor-Leste will be in 25 villages in three Municipalities of Dili, Manatuto and Bobonaro, which will include deployment of around 1,000 high-efficient solar-PV lamps and 10 solar-PV water pumps to provide clean water access for communities.
KOICA will also foster the local start-up companies for maintenance and operations, dispatch experts to hold the field workshops for infrastructure operation and maintenance education and conduct technical training programs for local officials so as to secure sustainability even after the project completion.
With a goal of securing clean energy for all, the Governments of the two countries have embraced the universal call to action to reach out to the most deprived populations and to reduce inequalities. In dealing with rural electrification, the ACCESS project will further evolve into an iconic symbol of collaborative endeavors to end energy poverty. It will be mindful of the implication of ACCESS initiative for the Green New Deal along with other global agendas that tackle climate change and its impacts on our daily lives.
The ACCESS project is also an example of South-South cooperation in the clean energy sector with the establishment of a renewable energy service company/cooperative (RESCO) and technological exchange in solar-based lighting between Indonesia and Timor-Leste, with support from KOICA.
“ACCESS is a meaningful and timely project for Timor-Leste contributing to people’s welfare in the country by improving access to electricity and water for local residents” said KOICA Country Director in Timor-Leste, Mr. Sikhyun KIM, adding, “Internationally, this project shall be a small stepping stone to heal the history of the past and to enhance the friendly relations between two countries through the South-South and Triangular cooperation between Timor-Leste and Indonesia. Also, I hope this could be a catalyst for Timor’s long-cherished wish to join ASEAN”.
“KOICA stands ready to work for the ACCESS partnership, committed to ensuring access to clean energy and tackling the issue of energy inequality. Under the framework of South-South and Triangular Cooperation between Timor-Leste and Indonesia, the Government of two countries, KOICA and UNDP will work together with a clear set of common goals so that the ACCESS project can make meaningful progress,” said Mr. Jeong Hoe Jin, Country Director of KOICA Indonesia office.
About KOICA (Korea International Cooperation Agency)
The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) was established as a government agency in 1991, is dedicated to providing grant aid programs of the Government of the Republic of Korea. KOICA endeavors to combat poverty and support the sustainable socio-economic growth of partner countries. For more information, visit http://koica.go.kr
A photo of the on-line launching ceremony of the ACCESS project. The stakeholders discussed about the implication of ACCESS initiative for the Green New Deal along with other global agendas that tackle climate change and its impacts on our daily lives.