Capacity building workshop on preparation of bankable concept notes for climate finance in SIDS
28 January 2019 | 30 January 2019 | Male, Maldives
MOEJ and IRENA organised a three-day training program to support the development of project proposals to access climate finance by SIDS stakeholders through various entities including local banks and climate finance entities.
The Ministry of the Environment, Japan (MoEJ) and IRENA have jointly organized workshops and training programs since 2015 to promote renewable energy deployment in Small Island Developing States. Training workshops were organised in 2015, (Malaysia), 2016 (Fiji) and 2017 (Japan, Fiji) on the theme: “Supporting Renewable Energy Deployment through Developing Project Proposals to Access Climate Finance” for SIDS by the MoEJ and IRENA. The key issues regarding accessing climate finance were elaborated on in the workshops and participants were made aware of various climate finance entities for accessing finance for their national projects. Based on the results of these events, the need for continuous capacity building for government officials, private sector, financing institutions and key stakeholders on accessing the available financing options by proposing bankable projects has been identified.
MOEJ and IRENA continue the efforts to address these issues by organizing a three-day training program from 28-20 January 2019 in Male, Maldives to support the development of project proposals to access climate finance by various SIDS stakeholders through various entities including local banks and climate finance entities.
Geothermal Energy Roundtable and UNFC Training Course for Geothermal Energy
05 December 2018 | 12 July 2018 | Saint Lucia
The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States Commission (OECS) together with International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the International Geothermal Association (IGA) and the World Bank organised the Geothermal Energy Roundtable and United Nations Framework Classification (UNFC) Training Course for Geothermal Energy on 5th - 7th December 2018, in Saint Lucia.
The event brought together key experts and decision-makers from the region to help advance and initiate regional cooperation for geothermal energy. The dialogue was followed by a training workshop that introduced the UNFC classification as part of a project currently undertaken by IRENA, IGA and the World Bank’s ESMAP, under the umbrella of the Global Geothermal Alliance. Programme and summary report are available on the OECS’s website here.
Caribbean Workshop on Renewable Energy in Small Islands Developing States: How to strengthen resilience and accelerate renewable energy deployment
28 November 2018 | 29 November 2018 | Aruba
IRENA, in collaboration with the Aruba Centre of Excellence for the Sustainable Development of SIDS, organised a workshop to discuss issues to energy resiliency and renewable energy deployment in the Caribbean.
The workshop’s aim was to identify factors and strategies to increase renewable energy penetration in SIDS.
The event targeted senior officers from energy ministries and public utilities in the region who are responsible for planning and strategy of the energy sector. The overall goal was to discuss how to improve the financial and policy frameworks as well as how to strengthen the local capacities. In addition, the meeting examined the role that renewable energy plays in assisting countries in achieving NDCs targets and the nexus between renewable energy and food, water, and health.
Workshop agenda and presentations delivered during the discussions
1) How to Increase Resiliency in the Electricity Sector. Andrew Thorington, Carilec
2) Innovation to Solve Energy Poverty. Adam Eberwein, EarthSpark International
3) Resiliency Plan. Andrew St. Hilaire, BVI Electricity Corporation
4) System Planning Approach. Neha Mukhi, The World Bank Group
5) Access Funding in the Seventh Cycle. Seleha Lockwood, IRENA
6) Caribbean Climate Smart Accelerator. Dr. Neil Parsan, Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator
7) IRENA’s Work on NDC Analysis and Project Implementation. Toshiaki Nagata, IRENA
8) RE and NDC Targets, the Saint Lucia Approach. Kurt Inglis, Ministry of Infrastructure, Port, Energy & Labour, Government of Saint Lucia
9) Sustainable Energy and NDC Implementation in the Caribbean. Judith Ephraim-Schmidt, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)
10) Introducing Smart Community Aruba. Robert-Jans Moons, TNO Caribbean
11) Renewable Energy Nexus in the Caribbean Context. Willard Phillips, UNECLAC
12) Smart Health Care Facilities. Shalini Jagnarine, Pan American Health Organization
1) E-Mobility in CARICOM. Curtis Boodoo, The University of Trinidad and Tobago
2) Redefining the Future of Transportation on Aruba. Ryan R. Falconi, ELMAR
3) Regional Efforts Towards Low Carbon Shipping in the Caribbean. Vivian Rambarath-Parasram, The University of Trinidad and Tobago
4) Transitioning Pacific Islands Maritime Transport. Micronesian Center for Sustainable Transportation
5) Era of RE Shared Economy. Khadija Usher, Belize Electricity Limited
6) Grid Integration of Renewables. Dr. Sanjay Bahadoorsingh, The University of the West Indies
7) Operation of Power Systems with High Shares of Variable Renewables. Manuel Coxe, IRENA
8) Dominica Geothermal Risk Mitigation Project. Elvira Morella, The World Bank Group
9) Geothermal Energy and OTEC Opportunities for the Caribbean. Judith Ephraim-Schmidt, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)
10) Supporting Geothermal Energy Deployment. Ellsworth Dacon, Ministry of National Security, Air & Seaport Development, Government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
11) The Saint Lucia Geothermal Development Project. Charlin Bodley, Department of Infrastructure, Ports & Energy, Government of Saint Lucia
12) Tropical Energy Aruba. Diego Acevedo, Bluerise Ocean Thermal Energy
International Renewable Energy Conference in Cabo Verde: Bridging the knowledge gap on climate financing in small island states
22 November 2018 | 23 November 2018 | Cabo Verde, Santiago Island
This event was organized by the Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Energy of Cabo Verde and launched within the scope of our Renewable Energy Sector Support Program, financed by the Luxembourg Development Cooperation.
The conference served as a space for knowledge sharing, within small island nation community (developing islands in particular -SIDS) by showcasing existing climate financing mechanisms, tailored to support Renewable Energy investments in small island nations and concrete projects already implemented that have leveraged innovative mechanisms to bridge climate finance, and lessons learned from implementation.
For more information, and registration visit the website: https://www.renewableenergyconference.info
SIDS Lighthouses Initiative workshop on renewable energy project development and financing in the Indian Ocean Islands
19 November 2018 | 23 November 2018 | Port Louis, Mauritius
Organised in the framework of the SIDS Lighthouses Initiative and co-organized with the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC), this regional workshop on renewable energy project development and financing in the Indian Ocean Islands aims to support capacity building efforts by implementing a regional training on project development and financing for local SIDS stakeholders.
The workshop looked at ways to improve conditions to finance and implement renewable energy project in the Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles and La Réunion. The workshop was mainly composed of a training based on Project Navigator with additional contribution from other IRENA project facilitation platforms such as Global Atlas and Marketplace. It facilitated discussions on how to overcome implementation obstacles that can be of a policy, regulatory, funding or capacity building nature. The agenda included sessions promoting partnerships, new technology and recent cost developments, and case studies presented by project owners and developers.
Experts from industry and development partners presented practical applications of island renewable energy projects in SIDS with the aim to identify what the key enablers for the successful replication in the Indian Ocean SIDS and in other regions as well. The workshop targeted participants with a mix of public and private backgrounds including local project developers, public sector employees, local utility regulators, electric utilities, academia any other relevant project stakeholders who were trained based on the gaps identified by the SIDS Lighthouses Initiative.
Training workshop on renewable energy project development and financing for Pacific and Caribbean Small Islands
15 October 2018 | 19 October 2018 | Maui, Hawaii, United States of America
Under the framework of the SIDS Lighthouses Initiative, IRENA held a technical workshop on project development and financing for Caribbean and Pacific SIDS stakeholders during IPS Connect 2018.
Under the framework of the SIDS Lighthouses Initiative and co-organized with the University of Tasmania's Centre for Renewable Energy and Power Systems, the University of Hawaii's Natural Energy Institute, the Maui Economic Development Board, and the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission, IRENA has organized a technical workshop on project development and financing for Caribbean and Pacific SIDS stakeholders during IPS Connect 2018, a non-profit renewable energy forum which brings together utilities, market participants and academia from island communities that are active in the field of remote area power supply and isolated power systems.
The workshop was composed of a training based on Project Navigator with contribution from international experts from the industry presenting applications of island renewable energy projects in SIDS with the aim to identify key enablers for the successful replication in the Caribbean and Pacific Small Islands. It relied on the extensive knowledge and experience of the host organizations to bring a pragmatic approach to integration of new technologies within island systems. In addition, it was complemented by real-life experiences from various islands and featured a showcase of recent developments in solar, wind, and battery storage in the unique setting that Hawaii provides, as a leader in renewable energy deployment on islands.
SIDS Lighthouses Initiative 2.0: High-Level Roundtable on “Increasing Ambition to Accelerate Energy Transformation in Small Islands Developing States”
28 September 2018 | 28 September 2018 | New York, USA
Building on the success of the Initiative and following the consultative process undertaken with all LHI partners, this event was instrumental in drawing together political leadership and launch a more ambitious phase of the Initiative, LHI 2.0, which will take the sustainable energy transformation of islands to the next level.
SIDS Lighthouses Initiative 2.0 aims to enable SIDS energy systems’ transformation, leverage investment support, strengthen climate resilience, and contribute to the attainment of the sustainable development goals in SIDS.
Since the launch of the SIDS Lighthouses Initiative (LHI), the renewable energy uptake in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) has been impressive. The strong political commitment of SIDS, and the remarkable cost reductions in technologies such as solar PV and onshore wind, coupled with the support of a wide range of partners, have made renewables an affordable solution for countries with limited financing and technical capabilities.
The initial LHI targets for 2020 in terms of installed capacity (100 megawatts of solar PV, 20 megawatts of wind power) and mobilised funding (USD 500 million) have been met and exceeded three years ahead of schedule. Building on the success of the LHI and following the consultative process undertaken with all LHI partners, this event was instrumental in drawing together political leadership and in launching a more ambitious phase of the Initiative, LHI 2.0, which aims to enable SIDS energy systems’ transformation, leverage investment support, strengthen climate resilience, and contribute to the attainment of the sustainable development goals in SIDS.
Renewable Energy & Smart Grid Conference: Energy Resilience Independence
23 September 2018 | 27 September 2018 | Miami
This event, organised by CARILEC in partnership with IRENA and other partners, gathered researchers, thought leaders, utility and energy professionals and vendors and provide them with a unique platform to delve deeply into renewable energy and resilience from both a global and a regional perspective.
This event, organised by CARILEC in partnership with IRENA and other partners, will gather researchers, thought leaders, utility and energy professionals and vendors and provide them with a unique platform to delve deeply into renewable energy and resilience from both a global and a regional perspective. More information
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