December 2020 – RES4Africa Foundation and the Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE) join forces to promote sustainable energy policies, technologies and solutions in the South- and East-Mediterranean and sub-Saharan African region.
The two institutions signed a memorandum of understanding on 30th November 2020 agreeing to share knowledge and expertise relating to renewable energy technological advancements, policy and financial mechanisms as well as business models and best practices.
The two parties will also work closely on organising capacity development programmes, webinars and missions equipping participants, from various backgrounds, with technical, economic and regulatory knowledge on specific identified renewable themes. The capacity building programmes will also offer participants tools to assess the most appropriate solutions in different energy contexts for an efficient and effective integration of renewables in emerging electricity markets. Sharing the same vision about the crucial role played by education in the development process, RCREEE will also take part to the training activities traditionally organised by RES4Africa, namely the Advanced Training Course and the Micro-Grid Academy. The ATC is a two-weeks annual training course which provides high-achieving individuals serving in public institutions, companies, universities and research centres with technical, economic and regulatory knowledge on specific themes; on the other hand, the MGA is a vocational capacity building addressed to young people profiles to empower the local technical workforce.
Additionally, RCREEE and RES4Africa will explore potentials and opportunities for untapped renewable energy options including water desalination, the water-energy-food nexus approach, small PV solutions, storage and electric mobility. This comes as a response to the need for increased regional cooperation to build capacities to mitigate existing barriers to renewable energy investment and markets especially in the light of the region’s great potential and progress in sustainable energy fields.
“RES4Africa moved its first steps in the Mediterranean area, from which we started to operate throughout the whole Africa” commented Roberto Vigotti, Secretary General of RES4Africa Foundation, “Creating consciousness about renewables and a skilled local workforce is essential to the deployment of renewable energy in Africa, and this is why training and capacity building is a key pillar of RES4Africa’s operate. The cooperation with a partner like RCREEE, which shares with us the same vision and mission both geographically and strategically, adds a great value to our work”.
“The cooperation with RES4Africa adds greatly to our efforts to advance renewable energy, particularly in the capacity building domain” said Maged K. Mahmoud, Acting Executive Director of RCREEE, “Given RES4Africa’s strong knowledge base and experience in the field of training programs and vocational capacity building activities, we see a great potential for our joint cooperation to further push renewable energy profile and to establish multilateral dialogue platforms for Mediterranean and African parties. We would aspire that this also would allow the provision of institutional expertise and the capabilities of the Arab private sector to serve the African continent”.