This preliminary Funding Map lays out a strategy for enabling electrification with half of Sabah’s un-electrified village communities by 2030 using renewable energy sources. Our strategy is rooted in a practical understanding of the diversity of needs and opportunities across the state, with business models crafted to reflect technical complexities and local aspirations. This is where we convert the numbers obtained from mapping, community surveys, feasibility studies and energy modelling into costs, phases and funding streams.
This principles-based strategy drives sustainable resource development and transition towards distributed renewable energy systems; it focuses on equity and inclusion, and sets a standard for quality of service while minimizing financial burden on communities.
Decolonizing rural electrification includes embracing the circular economy, investing in local practitioners, maximizing investment and earnings within the state, and promoting distributed power dynamics to build a strategy resilient to turnovers in government, external influence and corruption.
The funding map is a generative journey towards identifying and blending financial flows (federal and state, private and philanthropic, climate and development finance); proposing funding models appropriate to the circumstances and needs on the ground. It will shortly be further refined.
We invite potential interested funders to collaborate in Sabah’s journey, including as a global story.
For a six slide introduction of the Roadmap click here. Also available is this introduction to Mini-Grid Policy and Financing, designed for training purposes under this project.