Grid-Connected Renewable Energy Systems Workshops in the Pacific Islands

 

When: 2017

Where: Pacific Islands

What: Developing Technical Skills

Key objectives

  • Transfer technical expertise on the installation, operation and maintenance of grid-connected renewable energy systems

When: 2017

Where: Pacific Islands

What: Developing Technical Skills

Climate change is a real and growing threat for the low-lying Pacific Islands.  This is why many have set ambitious targets to generate more of their electricity from renewable energy. To help these countries with their goals, we hosted two technical workshops on grid connection of renewable energies for Pacific Island utility companies, led by our member Kansai Electric Power and in partnership with the Pacific Power Association (PPA).

The workshops were held from March 27-31, 2017 and June 12-16, 2017 in Fiji and Guam and were attended by 34 managers and engineers from 19 countries. The workshops were particularly relevant to the local context as Fiji will be leading the United Nations climate negotiations at COP23. It will be the first Pacific nation to fill that role.

These two workshops were part of a series of human capacity-building programs GSEP has led in the region in partnership with PPA since 2005. With this program, we are helping develop local capacity and knowledge in the different aspects of energy project development and implementation in Small Island Developing States that are the most vulnerable to climate change. The attendees are able to take the knowledge and information from the workshops and use it in their day-to-day work.

“I am very pleased with the content and quality of the workshop. I am currently working on projects that integrate 20 MW of renewable energies (solar PV and battery backup) into the grid. I will be able to use what I have learned and apply it at my work.”

Eparama Tawake, General Manager of Generation at the Fiji Electricity Authority

“Increasing the capacity of renewable energies connected to the grid is an important goal for our company. We are grateful for this technical training initiative by the GSEP that supports our company in reaching our goals and meeting our customers’ demands.”

Gary Camacho, CEO of the Commonwealth Utilities Corporation

Participating members and partners

  • Kansai Electric Power
  • Pacific Power Association
  • World Bank
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