Planning and Operating the Electricity System with High Shares of Variable Renewables: Technical Experts Workshop
24 – 26 August 2016
Havana, Cuba

The government of Cuba requested IRENA to facilitate a technical workshop on the approaches to operate and plan electricity systems with high shares of variable renewables.

The objective of the 3-day technical workshop is to facilitate peer-to-peer knowledge exchange between technical experts in Cuba and internationally experienced network planners and operators, in order to identify the key technical aspects necessary to reliably operate the electricity grid of the island with high shares of renewables.

The main target audience is 20 technical experts from the planning office of Ministry of Energy and Mines of Cuba and power system operator UNE. In addition, it is envisioned that as part of the successful implementation of the workshop, additional areas of support by IRENA and partner organization that can facilitate renewable energy deployment in Cuba can be identified.

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.

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.

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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