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Jakarta Post

Norway to assist renewable energy program in Sumba Island

The Jakarta Post
Jakarta   ●   Wed, November 6, 2013

The Norwegian Embassy in Jakarta will provide up to US$1 million dollars to the Sumba '€œIconic Island Initiative'€ to help scale up access to energy on the island with renewable energy resources.

The Sumba Iconic Island Initiative is led by the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry with support from HIVOS, a Dutch NGO and the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

'€œOur main reason for choosing to support this program was the co-operation between all stakeholders and the chance to promote development with renewable energy,'€ Marianne Damhaug, Minister Counsellor at the Norwegian Embassy, said in an official release.

Sumba, located in the province of East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), was chosen to showcase the potential of renewable energy as the majority of its 650,000 inhabitants have no access to electricity, and 70 percent of the population use kerosene and biomass for lighting and cooking.