The Sustainable Energy Industries Association of the Pacific Islands (SEIAPI) was launched in November 2010, and REEEP funding was instrumental in its establishment. During the course of 2011, SEIAPI signed an MoU with the Pacific Power Association (PPA), an inter-governmental regional organisation founded by the electricity utilities operating in the Pacific Islands Countries.
The two organisations agreed work together in the development of technical guidelines relating to the use of renewable energy systems such as solar and hydro. Together, these organisations have just jointly released the first four sets of guidelines targeting the sustainable energy industry and power utilities:
- Grid connected PV systems-System Installation Guidelines
- Grid connected PV systems-System Design Guidelines
- Off Grid PV power systems-System Installation Guidelines
- Off Grid PV power systems -System Design Guidelines
In addition, SEAPI and PPA will be developing further guidelines, with the next one proposed to cover Hybrid Power systems. SEIAPI and PPA are planning to organise workshops on these guidelines and hope to announce locations and dates in the coming months. Updates will be available on either organisation website: http://www.seiapi.org/ or http://www.ppa.org.fj/