ITP Renewables was engaged in 2017 as part of a major World Bank project to develop a comprehensive 20-Year Energy Sector Master Plan for the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM).
ITP Renewables was the lead engineering contractor to Castalia, providing specialist technical advice to assist with country development. The Master Plan covered all four states of the FSM (Pohnpei, Kosrae, Chuuk and Yap) and was formulated to address all of the country’s energy sector goals including reduced cost of electricity, electrification of rural and remote villages to achieve 100% energy access, and renewable energy integration. ITP Renewables led the load forecasting for “main grids” population centres, “mini-grids” or islands and villages served by small local grids and “off-grid” areas with no grid electricity connection, and too remote for connection to be viable.
We undertook techno-economic modelling in HOMER for each of the main grids and mini-grids to establish the least-cost generation mix to meet loads, evaluated these against FSM’s energy targets and developed an implementation plan for each island. Following the development of the 20-year Master Plan which considered a range of renewable technologies, ITP Renewables completed feasibility studies for implementation of specific projects in Pohnpei, Chuuk and Yap. These included two large-scale solar projects and a new hybrid mini-grid for an island with no existing electricity network.