This project was a joint initiative by the Government of RMI, MEC, UNDP and SOPAC. The objective of the study is to determine the feasibility of the use of coconut products for electricity generation in rural atoll communities in the Marshall Islands as a strategy for import substitution and to enable rural communities to participate in value-adding economic activities while creating jobs in the non-formal sector as well as improving and sustaining their livelihoods.
This research paper discusses the feasibility of using coconut oil for generator powered electrification on atolls in RMI. Part I of the paper discusses the various energy options for atoll communities. Part II is a case study on the viability of operating a coconut oil mill and a mini grid power facility on Jittoen Islet on Ebon Atoll.