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Electricity in Solomon Islands in 2021

Global Ranking: #162
0.0% #211 Low-carbon electricity
17.74 watts #189 Generation / person
655.00 gCO2eq/kWh #208 Carbon Intensity
None Electricity imports

In 2021, the electricity consumption per person in the Solomon Islands was roughly 18 watts, with all of it coming from fossil fuels. This falls significantly short of the global average electricity consumption per person, which stood at 412 watts. The islands are lagging behind in terms of transition to low-carbon energy sources, as their electricity generation is fully reliant on fossil energy. Their dependence on fossil fuels not only contributes to the global climate crisis but also leaves the Solomon Islands vulnerable to fluctuations in global fossil fuel prices. Additionally, the low level of electricity generation could be inhibiting development and quality of life. It's also worth noting that the Solomon Islands neither imports nor exports electricity, making internal generation crucial.


To effectively transition from fossil fuels, the Solomon Islands could look at the examples of countries with successful nuclear and wind programs. Regions like Denmark and Sweden each generate over 360 watts per person from wind energy, an impressive feat which stands as an example of what can be achieved. In the Tropics, wind regimes are typically stable and strong, allowing for feasible wind power generation. Additionally, understanding the journey Sweden, France, and Finland followed towards depending on nuclear energy as a vital low-carbon power source, despite the robust initial investment, could act as a blueprint. It's crucial to underline, though, that the Solomon Islands' transition path needs to be compatible with its financial, geological, and infrastructural realities.


Based on the data provided, there's no information on the historical evolution of low-carbon electricity generation in the Solomon Islands. Despite this, given their current reliance on fossil fuels, it's clear that the country's past efforts towards clean energy transition haven't been successful enough. It's crucial to understand the reasons behind this and learn from history to create a roadmap for the future. This should involve a combination of policy changes, technological innovation, and public engagement to ensure a successful and lasting shift towards sustainable, low-carbon electricity generation.

Data Sources

The data source is Ember.