Friday, 08 November 2013

ECOWAS-UNIDO workshop on wind power development held in Cabo Verde

PRAIA, 8 November 2013 – A regional workshop on wind power development in the Economic Community of West African States(ECOWAS) ended today in Praia, the capital of Cabo Verde.

The five-day workshop brought together more than a hundred participants from West African countries, international organizations, and representatives of the private sector. 

Under the umbrella of the Global Environment Facility’s (GEF) Strategic Programme for West Africa, the workshop was organized by the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and the Ministry of Tourism, Industry and Energy of Cabo Verde.

Cabo Verde is so far the only country in the ECOWAS region taking advantage of its technical and economic feasible wind power potential. The ECREEE wind power assessment has identified further attractive grid-connected wind sites in Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Cote d'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Senegal, and Togo. 

 “Through this workshop, we would like to provide an overview of state of the art on-grid and off-grid wind power technologies, so as to formulate a strategic framework for wind power development in the ECOWAS region, as well as to elaborate a realistic regional action to address the existing barriers,” said Mahama Kappiah, the Executive Director of ECREEE.

The event featured a two-day forum on the market perspectives for large and small scale wind power technologies and a three-day training course on wind power project development. 

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