Asean renewable energy resource mapping training at Marco Polo

VARIOUS agencies, supporting projects in life sciences and technological advances, is set to hold a three-day Southeast Asia Regional Training Programme on Renewable Energy Resource Assessment and Mapping at Marco Polo Hotel in Davao City slated on September 28-30.

Maria Victoria I. Dado, science research specialist II under the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in Davao Region, said the three-day training will be co-organized by the Asian and Pacific Center for Transfer of Technology and International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) with the support of the DOST.

Dado said the training aims to strengthen the existing capacities of the member countries by identifying and assessing potential renewable energy resources with particular focus on solar and wind energy resources.

She added that this is important especially for stakeholders in Mindanao where some of the renewable energy projects are implemented.

Also, the event is organized to engage regional stakeholders to discuss the themes and see how these can promote the common interest and welfare of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) member economies towards energy resilient Apec community.

The main objectives of the training will be to provide training on various methodologist, tools and techniques for solar and wind energy resource assessments that are developed by IRENA and other international organizations that are readily available for estimating the national renewable energy potential.

To understand the inter-relationship between renewable energy resource availability with policy areas such as energy subsidies, skills development, infrastructure planning and national climate change policy and learn from the regional policy best practices.

To enhance knowledge of key regional stakeholders on regional and global initiatives on renewable energy resource assessments from organizations such as IRENA and the World Bank; and to share regional experiences, successes, challenges and best practices on renewable energy resource assessments and preparing resource assessment maps.

Lastly, to create a pool of trainers in solar and wind resource assessments that could further disseminate the trainings in their respective countries.
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