Vaadhoo Island Pioneers First Community-Built Solar Charging Station for Electric Vehicles in the Maldives

August 3, 2023


Raa Atoll Vaadhoo has taken a significant step towards a sustainable and green future with the launch of its first-ever community-built solar charging station for electric vehicles. The initiative is led by the Vaadhoo Association for Future Development (VAFD) and supported by the Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme in Maldives and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).


The community-led renewable energy practices promoted by the station not only offer economic benefits through lower energy costs but also enhance community resilience and pave the way for a more sustainable and empowered society.


Through the two-year project, all electric vehicles can be charged for free, incentivizing the local community to embrace electric vehicles and reducing the reliance on petrol-powered vehicles imported to the island in the future.

The inauguration of the solar charging station marks a new era of sustainable mobility in the Maldives, providing cleaner and greener transportation options and ensuring universal access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all.