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Tuvalu is a Polynesian island country located in the Pacific Ocean, about 1,100 km north of Fiji. With a total land area of 26 km2, Tuvalu is spread over eight islands, the largest of which, Vaitupu, has an area of about 5.6 km2 while the smallest, Niulakita, has only 0.42 km2 of land. Tuvalu had a population of 11,192 in 2017. The capital is Funafuti and English and Tuvaluan are the official languages.

Tuvalu’s soil is low in fertility and only a narrow range of food plants can be supported. Climate change presents major challenges for Tuvalu since low-lying areas of land will be rapidly lost as sea levels rise.

The economy is constrained by the lack of economies of scale. The Government is the main employer, providing around 70% of salaried employment. The private sector consists mainly of small shops and service providers on Funafuti and traders of agricultural products from the outer islands. Government revenue comes primarily from the sale of foreign fishing licenses and from remittances of overseas residents and Tuvaluans working as seamen. The economy is also supported by development programmes and aid from international donor organizations from Japan, Australia, New Zealand.

Tuvalu has established a goal of reaching 100% electricity generation from renewable energy sources by 2020. It seeks to reach this goal through the development of solar and wind energy combined with energy efficiency measures.

Tuvalu’s solar resource potential is estimated to provide about 5.5 kWh/m2 /day, with the values being higher to the north and lower to the south of the country. Tuvalu was one of the first countries in the world to attempt rural electrification using solar PV. Grid-connected solar was first introduced by the e8 (an alliance of leading power utilities around the world) in 2008 with a 40-kilowatt peak (kWp) installation in Funafuti from Japan. Tuvalu’s long-term goal is to convert all outer island diesel generation to solar mini grids although funding is a challenge.

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Prime Minister of Tavalu

Represented by HE Temate Melitiana,

Tuvalu High Commissioner to FIJI

and mr Mafalu Lotolua,

General Manager of Tuvalu Electricity Corporation

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Tuvalu Electricity Corporation (TEC)

The Tuvalu Electricity Corporation (TEC). The TEC is a 100% government-owned commercial utility charged with providing a cost-effective and reliable electricity supply to all of the islands of Tuvalu


Enetise Tutumau 2012-2020

In 2012 the Government launched the “Enetise Tutumau” – the Master Plan for Renewable Electricity and Energy Efficiency in Tuvalu. The plan has the goals to generate electricity with 100% renewable energy by 2020 and to increase energy efficiency on Funafuti by 30%.


Tuvalu National Energy Policy 2009

The National Energy Policy was endorsed in 2009 with the goal of promoting the use of renewable energy resources and cost-effective, equitable, reliable, accessible, affordable, secure and environmentally sustainable energy systems to improve the well-being of the people of Tuvalu.


Climate Investment Funds

Overview of the country as part of an Expression of Interest for SREP Financing

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Database of ministries, data and country profile

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IRENA RE Resource

IRENA statistics and graphs on the country’s renewable resources

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ADB Tenders

ADB lists active tenders for projects across sectors including energy

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PCREE Tenders

Website for the Pacific Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency lists tenders for power and renewable projects


Powering up remote Tuvalu through solar

This publication documents some of the discussions between the PIGGAREP team (funded through the Global Environment Facility) and local communities about the many benefits that will come about as a result of powering up remote Tuvalu by solar.


A Path To Prosperity: Renewable Energy For Islands

Provides a compilation of real-life projects that illustrate innovative solutions and partnerships used to advance renewable energy deployment in SIDS.