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The New Zealand - Maluku Access to Renewable Energy Support (NZMATES)

NZMATES is funded by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT), and implemented through a three-way Partnership Arrangement with EBTKE and PLN to jointly coordinate and provide direction for this programme. The programme is being delivered by Infratec and Yayasan Mercy Corps Indonesia. The proposed support for projects will include assistance throughout the whole renewable energy project development lifecycle, for example through supporting:

  • planning for rural electrification, renewable energy portfolio, and grid expansion;
  • project scoping, identification, and appraisal, data gathering, field studies, resource assessments and mapping, and identification of resource potential;
  • technical, environmental, and social assessments, including feasibility studies, environmental impact assessments, business plans, and preliminary design;
  • community and stakeholder engagement and communication, supporting feedback loops for communities, empowerment and dissemination of information;
  • proposal writing, fundraising, identification of financing partners, investors, donors, public funds, and/or finance matching;
  • project design and engineering, tendering documentation, work plans, and project delivery planning;
  • project logistics, delivery, installation, supervision, and/or commissioning;
  • development of business and operational models and strategies for project management, operation and maintenance, to ensure long-term sustainability

NZMATES will also offer opportunities for training, technical exchange programmes, and interaction between Maluku educational institutions and NZ renewable energy specialists, in order to enhance local public and private sector RE capacity. NZMATES’ focus on supporting and developing the capacity of local stakeholders will ensure the programme’s outcomes outlive the five-year implementation period. In addition, there will be a strong focus on community engagement and the mainstreaming of gender throughout activities, to ensure that activities respond to the needs of all community members and bring real benefits to all.

NZMATES is a uniquely flexible and responsive programme, allowing the team to iteratively develop work plans that respond to key partners’ needs and to changing circumstances throughout the lifetime of the programme, to ensure outcomes are achieved.

Project period is April 2018 - June 2023. More information can be found at