AEEP Supports Capacity Building in the Renewable Energy Sector
The 10th of May marked the start of the “Renewable Energy Project Design and Development” online course hosted by the SADC Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (SACREEE), and supported by the Africa – EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) over a period of three weeks. The course aims to impart technical knowledge and skills to participants on renewable energy project planning, designing, developing/implementation, and installation.
Renewable energy entrepreneurs are at the forefront of efforts to extend access to modern energy services because they are in the optimal position to offer local solutions. They, however, still face significant challenges when it comes to business management and the operations involved in their initiatives. The “Renewable Energy Project Design and Development” course facilitated by Kafue Gorge Regional Training Centre (KGRTC) will equip participants with the technical know-how to successfully manage energy projects and apply their new skills to the improvement of their business.
At the end of the three-week course, participants will be familiar with renewable energy planning aspects for resources, policies, tariffs, revenues, and pay-as-you-go systems. They will also be able to interpret the renewable energy project scope, processes, consultancy proposals, contractor bids and quality requirements in each project. The course will require participants to apply their new skills to design and install solar PV systems, design biogas energy systems, apply feasibility studies to tap into green hydrogen, and look into the hybridisation of wind power and solar PV systems. A commercial training is proposed from the 30th of May to the 16th of June 2022 to be facilitated by SADC Development Finance Resource Centre (SADC-DFRC) on commercial aspect as requested by the SMEs
The SADC Renewable Energy Entrepreneurship Support Facility
The course is part of the SADC Renewable Energy Entrepreneurship Support Facility, which aims to support small to medium-sized entrepreneurs (SMEs) and is supported by the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) and International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).
The facility serves as a technical support and mentorship programme to address the challenges experienced by entrepreneurs, and to enhance SME’s capacity to assess the potential of new projects, develop viable business plans, manage and maintain existing businesses, and creating a link between entrepreneurs and financial institutions.