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Electricity in Solomon Islands in 2021

Global Ranking: #191
0.0% #191 Low-carbon electricity
17.74 watts #190 Generation / person
655.00 gCO2eq/kWh #208 Carbon Intensity

As of 2021, the state of electricity consumption in Solomon Islands painted a picture of heavy reliance on fossil energy, with extremely limited access to low-carbon energy such as nuclear, wind, and solar. With a consumption rate far below the global average of 410 watts per person, this dependence on fossil energy has significant environmental implications, contributing to both air pollution and climate change. The inadequate electricity generation could impact the country's development, limiting advancements in areas such as healthcare, education, and overall quality of life.


Several countries have undertaken successful transitions towards low-carbon electricity generation which the Solomon Islands can emulate to ramp up their low-carbon electricity generation. Similar to Solomon Islands, Brazil has trodden a sustainable path and has generated 94 TWh from wind energy, and another 50 TWh from solar energy. Considering the Solomon Island's vast coastal and tropical characteristics, it can potentially harness wind and solar energy just like Brazil. India, another tropical country, has also successfully generated significant electricity through solar power (119 TWh). Given its geographical and climatic similarities to these countries, the Solomon Islands could glean valuable lessons and strategies for harnessing low-carbon energy.


The history of low-carbon electricity in Solomon Islands, however, isn't rich with promising milestones. It remains underdeveloped with little to no significant improvement in recent years. Understandably, this challenges the country's potential in scaling up low-carbon electricity production. However, overcoming these challenges and investing in clean, sustainable energy sources should remain a top priority as it will not only mitigate environmental degradation, but also pave the way for economic development and enhanced quality of life for the citizens.

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Data Sources

The the data source is Ember.
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