RE & EE Events Listing: India, Canada, online

Let’s launch this Events Listing with… a job vacancy. REEEP’s Southern Africa Secretariat is looking for a Technical Advisor. Looks like a fun job, lots of visits to our fascinating portfolio of projects in the region, etc. If I were qualified I’d consider applying myself! Some more non-events news later with a tender for concentrating solar power projects in India, but of course I have got some events for you.

India hosts the renewable world

A mandapam at Akshardham Temple in Delhi

And those events start with DIREC (Delhi, 26-28 October), the fourth in the series of the International Renewable Energy Conferences. It’ll be a big deal, if the previous ones are anything to go by, with numerous side events both official and unofficial. REEEP will be taking part in a number of these, including our International Director, Marianne Osterkorn, speaking at an Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) event on Solar Water Heating on Wed 27th. She’s got a busy day; that afternoon she will be chairing a Ministerial roundtable.

Other REEEP-related DIREC events include our official side event in partnership with ESMAP: Widening access to low carbon energy:  REEEP and ESMAP examples in overcoming barriers.

reegle will be presenting itself to all-comers at the German Ministry of Environment (BMU) booth and will also be hosting the official DIREC blog.

And lots more; I’ll bring you up to date with how our programme is shaping up in a couple of weeks. Some other organisations are probably doing a few things too (!), so all in all DIREC looks like one not to miss. Except I’m going to, but do look out for my colleagues from both the International Secretariat and the South Asia Regional Secretariat.

Calling all Partner Organisations

REEEP’s two-yearly Meeting of Partners, constitutionally the highest level decision making body within the Partnership, will also take place in Delhi to coincide with DIREC (26th October). Partner Organisation representatives will have recently received invitation letters, or will receive them shortly. Look out for them and hope you can make it; REEEP will always welcome Partners’ views but this is a particularly good opportunity to have your say.

Oh, and if you are in Delhi, check out the stunning Akshardham Temple. When I was there for REEEP’s Project Managers meeting two years ago my hotel manager ordered my taxi driver to take me there rather than my stated destination… I’m glad he did!

Powering Communities

The Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA) is hosting its second annual Community Power Conference in Toronto, Canada, 15-16 November. Together with the Power Networking Centre trade show, the conference attracts industry regulators, commercial and community power generators, farmers and First Nation and Métis delegations. Session topics include: Community Energy Planning, How to Build a Community Power Project, Community Power and Economic Development, Applying for FIT and MicroFIT Contracts, Financing Community Power, and Community Engagement and Partnership Strategies. Minister of Energy and Infastructure Brad Duguid and Environmental Commissioner of Ontario Gord Miller are confirmed as speakers.

Concentrated Solar Power on the rise

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), a government of India enterprise and the largest engineering and manufacturing enterprise in India in the Energy related / Power infrastructure sector, is looking for partners for Concentrated Solar Power projects, collaborating on responding to opportunities under India’s National Solar Mission – 20,000 MW of power through grid-connected Solar Plants in the next 12 years. Click here for details.

If you want to know more about the CSP field generally, then sign up for Leonardo Energy’s 2nd Concentrating Solar Power training series, which will focus on solar resource, solar desalination and market figures. It will be run as five online sessions from 4 Oct – 3 Nov and is free to register.

I’ll leave you this week with a heads-up to look out for an announcement of the winners of the CTI-PFAN African Forum for Clean Energy Financing (Africef) business plan competition in the upcoming NewsREEEP. REEEP supported the competition and an event took place in Johannesburg yesterday where 10 shortlisted applicants pitched to a room full of investors. Let’s hope they were impressed by what they saw and left the room with their wallets feeling a little lighter!

More on events in two weeks.

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