Towards An Inclusive Mindanao Energy Transition: RETS project
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization is currently implementing the Renewable energy technologies for seaweed value added in Tawi-Tawi (RETS) project, funded by the European Union. The project involves the installation of two (2) renewable energy hybrid systems in the islands of Sitangkai and Sibutu, Tawi-tawi, comprised of solar panels, lithium-ion batteries, diesel generators and smart energy management systems. Implementation of the project is strengthening linkages among public and private development partners in the region lead by the Mindanao Development Authority towards a sustainable Mindanao energy transition. The delivery of electricity is integrated with the delivery of community social and welfare services, provision of adequate water supply, and improving the local seaweeds industry, one of the main sources of livelihood in the province. RETS serves as a model for renewable energy solutions adding value in agriculture and demonstrates the importance of the water-energy-food nexus.