A happy, healthy and successful 2012 to all of you! Here we go with the first Events Listing of the year – events over the next three months in Sofia, Mexico City, Amsterdam and online, and starting next week in Abu Dhabi, where I will be going. Also, if you’re working in Southern or East Africa and you’re looking for project funding, click ‘read more’ and scroll down to see the last item.
Welcome to the sunny side
“Large-scale solar projects are moving closer to grid parity compared with conventional power, and rooftop solar is also becoming competitive with utility prices in a number of markets today, such as Italy, Turkey and Portugal, and will be in almost all sunny countries by 2015.” That’s according to Michael Liebreich, Chief Executive of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, whose company sees the cost of solar energy modules plummeting by 76 per cent in just three years. Liebreich will moderate a special session on financing strategies at the World Future Energy Summit, next week (16-19 Jan) in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Financing the change to clean energy systems… in Europe
The EU’s 2020 Directive on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources (RES) sets the target of 20% of renewable energy in final energy consumption in 2020. In order to reach these targets, each EU country requires a huge mobilization of investments. EU funding for the green sector has been provided in the form of loans, equity, project grants etc. These are usually provided from International Financial Institutions such as the European Investment Bank, to help the countries to achieve their environmental goals, or loans from the EU Research budget, addressed to develop the European renewable energy sector.
Despite the strong political support, target-focused European policy and updated legal framework, some experts still consider financial support from the EU to renewables to be relatively low. For more information on the industry’s latest developments, experts’ considerations and forecasts, attend the European Renewable Energy Project Finance Summit, 7-8 February, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. You will hear from and network with the most elite practitioners within the energy industry and be privy to the latest solutions, developments and biggest challenges in Alternative Energy. 20% discount is available for all REEEP members.
…and in Mexico
In 2010, Mexico installed 316 MW of new wind power capacity, taking the total up to 519 MW, which represents a 156% increase over 2009, according to the Global Wind Energy Council. Is this trend continuing? Find out about the industry’s latest development at Mexico Wind Power Finance & Investment, 26-28 March, Mexico City.
The First Solar-Powered Electric Car Charging Stations in Sofia, Bulgaria
A1 Co., Ltd. and BIES Ltd. opened the first Solar-Powered Electric Car Charging Stations in Sofia on 6.1.2012. The principle of operation is simple – use of solar panels to collect solar energy. The connection between electric cars and batteries is performed by a special module. There are still very few electric cars in Bulgaria, but a boom in 2012 is predicted in some quarters and the Bulgarian government has promised special preferences for their owners.
A1 Co., Ltd. develops also electric power trains and modifies standard vehicles into electric ones. The company will participate in the 8th Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Exhibition to be held 28-30 March 2012 in Sofia, Bulgaria. The parallel Congress will provide the attendees with the latest updates, perspectives and good practices related to the EE & RES Financing, Biomass Resources and Bio energy. A special 15% discount of the regular Congress fees will be applied for all REEEP members.
Regulating for Clean Energy in Developing Countries
If your travel budget is tight for this year and regulation is your bag, you can still sign up for the remaining sessions of an online Course on Regulation and Sustainable Energy in Developing Countries, hosted by Leonardo Energy and co-sponsored by the Clean Energy Solutions Center. You’ve missed the first couple of sessions but there are 8 more, starting tomorrow (12.1.12). The course is led by REEEP’s own Xavier Lemaire of SERN, and the next four webinars will be given by Dr David Jacobs, Director of Renewable Energy at the consulting firm IFOK GmbH.
Funding available for RE & EE projects in Southern & East Africa, but hurry!
Sorry for the late notice on this one, but if you’ve got a project proposal ready to go there are still a few days to respond to the Energy and Environment Partnership Programme with Southern and Eastern Africa (EEP) call for proposals. Grants of up to 200,000 euros are available for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in Botswana, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Zambia.The deadline is 13.00h this coming Monday 16th Jan. Click here for details on how to apply. N.B. REEEP is not involved in this call, please do not contact us with questions about it.
See you in the Gulf next week if you’re going; if not I’ll be back with more events when I’m back from Abu Dhabi.