Call for Solar PV Site Selection - GCCA+
The Global Climate Change Alliance Plus (GCCA+) project: Support to the implementation of Trinidad and Tobago’s Nationally Determined Contribution is seeking suitable sites across Trinidad and Tobago, for the installation of small-scale roof-mounted, off grid, solar photovoltaic (PV) installations.
This European Union (EU) funded project is a partnership between the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, UNDP and the EU, and supports national efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase the amount of electricity generated from renewable energy sources.
Organisations wishing to apply to the call for Solar PV Site Selection should do so via this link:
The search for suitable sites for the installation of solar energy systems in remote communities begins in earnest this month (July 2020), as the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the European Union (EU) kick off the Global Climate Change Alliance Plus (GCCA+) project: Support to the implementation of Trinidad and Tobago’s Nationally Determined Contribution.
This €2.4M project will support national efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase the amount of electricity generated from renewable energy sources, as part of the Government’s ongoing efforts to meet its commitments under the Paris Agreement through the achievement of its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC). The multi-year project will also seek to promote a transformative, green economy by demonstrating the benefits of renewable energy and its potential role in creating employment, sustainable development and reducing the environmental risks associated with nonrenewable energy sources.
The project will see the installation of solar energy systems to support NGOs, microenterprises, cooperatives, public institutions and remote communities at approximately 12 sites across both islands. It will also include the strengthening and implementation of renewable energy and energy efficiency policies, legislative and regulatory frameworks, and a public education and awareness raising campaign on the benefits of using renewable energy and adopting energy efficiency practices.
The UNDP is implementing this component of the GCCA+ project, working closely with the Ministry of Planning and Development, Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries, and the Tobago House of Assembly
“The global energy transition to sustainable sources is an imperative if carbon neutrality is to be realized in the second half of this century in order to avoid catastrophic climate change. Trinidad and Tobago contributes to that effort through its Nationally Determined Contribution commitment under the Paris Agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the power generation sector. This target cannot be achieved without deploying renewable sources of energy, and this project will contribute towards that end while raising awareness on the effectiveness of renewable energy as the future of power generation” said Kishan Kumarsingh – Head Multilateral Environmental Agreements Unit, Ministry of Planning and Development.
According to Randi Davis, Resident Representative, UNDP Trinidad and Tobago “Transitioning to renewable energy is critical to achieving the Sustainable development Goals - the UN blueprint for global peace and prosperity, meeting the de-carbonization embodied in the Paris Climate Agreement and making progress towards the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction - a roadmap for how UN Member States can make communities safer and more resilient to disasters. We believe that this initiative will support the Government of Trinidad and Tobago in building a better quality of life for citizens by securing a more sustainable future, and we are excited to be leading its implementation.”
H.E. Ambassador Aad Biesebroek underscored the importance of the project, saying, “Climate change is one of the world’s most pressing challenges and the implementation of the Paris Agreement is central to ensuring the achievement of global climate goals. The EU is committed to working with partners around the world, including small island states like Trinidad and Tobago, that are most vulnerable to the negative impacts of climate change, to achieve their National Determined Contributions under this Agreement. We are happy to be working together with Trinidad and Tobago to bring them closer to the achievement of their national objectives, improving the country’s resilience to climate change and contributing to energy security.”