[:en]The Smart Villages Initiative together with its local partner, Kopernik, held a workshop on Bunaken Island, Sulawesi in Indonesia, in November 2015 to discuss off-grid energy systems in remote island communities in Southeast Asia.
The workshop focused on the barriers and circumstances of rural energy access that are unique to small island communities, drawing inspiration from its setting. This briefing note for policymakers and other stakeholders summarises eight key points emerging from the workshop.
During the workshop, a breakout session split the participants into two groups. The groups were asked to identify components that they see as essential for creating an ideal “Smart Island”, given a context that the island is remote and relatively small in a developing country. Participants were encouraged to brainstorm freely and creatively.
What components does your ideal off-grid island/village community have?[:]