Unlocking Renewable Energy Investment: the Role of Risk Mitigation and Structured Finance
06 September 2016
Jeju Island, Republic of Korea

Global Green Growth Week 2016 (GGGW) will highlight four thematic priorities of energy, water, land-use and green cities that are central to achieving strong, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth. GGGW will engage high-level officials from government, development banks and international development agencies, private-sector leaders, and representatives from academia and non-governmental organizations.

This IRENA side event will seek practical ways to advance the recommendations laid out in the IRENA publication Unlocking Renewable Energy Investment: the Role of Risk Mitigation and Structured Finance. The presentation will explore how governments, public and private finance institutions and intergovernmental and nongovernmental organization can contribute to scaling up renewable energy investments. Next, a panel will discuss how the elements identified can be brought together and advanced through appropriate facilities at global, regional and/or national level. This event will also provide an avenue to start more targeted dialogues on RE finance with countries in the Asia and Pacific region.

ECOWAS Renewable Energy Entrepreneurship Support Facility: Technical Training Workshop
19 – 23 September 2016
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

IRENA, together with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, the International Institute for Water and Environmental Engineering (2iE) and the Centre for Renewable Energy and Industrial Maintenance (CERMI) are organising a 5-day technical training workshop for ECOWAS-based renewable energy entrepreneurs. The workshop will address requests for technical assistance in scaling up renewable energy enterprises, received by the Support Facility.

The involved key experts in the field of renewable energy entrepreneurship will encourage experience sharing between entrepreneurs from within and outside the ECOWAS region. The workshop will explore viable business models, marketing and sales strategies, after-sales servicing, building banking relationships with financial institutions, and customizing renewable energy solutions to end-user needs, amongst other topics.

RRA Egypt: Stakeholder Consultation Workshop
26 – 27 September 2016
Cairo, Egypt

This multi-stakeholder consultation workshop is organized by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), jointly with the New & Renewable Energy Authority (NREA) in Egypt.

Building on an earlier kick-off meeting, the workshop will gather national stakeholders from the Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy, the NREA, utilities, private sector as well as development partners and donors. The aim is to consolidate the findings drawn from research and previous consultations on issues that are critical for the rapid development of renewables in Egypt, a collaborative effort between the government of Egypt and IRENA.

Outcomes of the workshop will feed into the final Renewables Readiness Assessment publication for consideration in the reinforcement of an architecture for the development of renewable energy in Egypt.

Renewable Energy Data Collection and Processing Workshop for South Africa
27 – 29 September 2016
Pretoria, South Africa

This three-day technical workshop on renewable energy data collection, processing, and management is prepared and conducted by IRENA, in collaboration with the International Energy Agency (IEA), the Danish Energy Agency, and South Africa’s Department of Energy.

The participants include the Department of Energy of South Africa, who is currently developing a public Renewable Energy Data and Information Service (REDIS) and requested the training. The purpose of the training is to strengthen the knowledge, skills, and analytical abilities in the field of renewable energy data collection, processing and management, and improve data delivery.

Sustainable Bioenergy Supply: Potential, Scenarios and Strategies
28 September
Berlin, Germany

IRENA and IEA are organizing a workshop with the aim of highlighting points of agreement on sustainable, achievable bioenergy potential across global scenarios, including IRENA (REmap), IEA (World Energy Outlook), World Energy Council, Shell, Greenpeace and others.

Engagement of the IEA Bioenergy Agreement, UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) is also anticipated so their viewpoints on bioenergy potential can be considered and better aligned.

International Off-grid Renewable Energy Conference 2016 (IOREC)
30 September - 1 October 2016
Nairobi, Kenya

The 3rd International Off-grid Renewable Energy Conference (IOREC) is organized by IRENA, with the support of the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) and the Kenya Ministry of Energy.

The IOREC will take place back-to-back with the SEED Africa Symposium (28-29 Sept 2016) and will convene the key stakeholders from the off-grid sector, including the private sector, financiers, policy makers and development institutions, to share experiences and best practices on design and implementation of enabling policies, tailored financing schemes, innovative business models, and technology applications.

Alongside IOREC 2016, ARE will organize the exhibition to provide the private sector with an opportunity to present its products and projects, and showcase the technologies and know-how at the forefront of off-grid renewables. The venue for the SEED Africa Symposium and IOREC 2016 is Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya.

More information and the Conference programme can be found on the IOREC website.

Strategic Long-term Energy Planning in the Kingdom of Swaziland: Third Training Course
17 - 28 October 2016
Mbabane, Swaziland

IRENA, with support from the Government of Swaziland, is holding a training series to update and expand the country’s System Planning Test (SPLAT-SW) model. The sessions give professionals from local energy organisations to work alongside external experts in renewable energy planning.

This third two-week training course focuses on improving the energy system model in Swaziland based on scenario analysis, and on developing the long-term energy supply strategies to produce a final draft energy master plan.

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