ATA has partnered closely with an East Timorese training institution, Centro Nacional de Emprego e Formação Profissional (CNEFP), to ensure that the assembly, installation and maintenance of the Village Lighting Scheme (VLS) systems will form the basis of a sustainable industry in East Timor. ATA provides refresher training and mentoring to CNEFP to deliver the local technician training, oversee installations and conduct audits.
Back in 2010, thanks to AusAID funding, ATA developed East Timor’s first Solar Photovoltaic national curriculum. CNEFP has since taught the curriculum and train-the-trainer program to over 230 solar technicians (including 42 women), helping to create jobs and local industry.
ATA has recently formed a new partnership with a local NGO called Natiles, to manage community engagement and social monitoring. This is crucial to strengthening the community ownership and management model, and overseeing the village committees.
ATA partners with another East Timorese organisation – Roman Luan – on Atauro island. Roman Luan is conducting a feasibility study to look at a future community managed maintenance scheme on Atauro island.
The Government of East Timor, in conjunction with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), is writing a National Renewable Energy Law. This is bringing together existing projects and providing the means to develop new projects. ATA is taking part in this process as we are committed to ensuring that the ambitious target of 100% rural electrification with renewable energy is met. Going forward, ATA will have a much stronger partnership and collaboration with the Government of East Timor, and specifically with the new National Renewable Energy Authority, the peak government body regulating and co-ordinating renewable energy projects.