On 13 June 2014, Hannes Bauer, Solar Thermal Program Manager at ECREEE, ECOWAS Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, gave a workshop in Cabo Verde on the new ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) Solar Thermal Energy Program.
The 1st part of the presentation focuses on the global market growth of solar thermal collectors, showing that from 2000 to 2010 the market has increased steadily by 20% each year. It also shows that West African States were not participating during that period.
The second part of the presentation covers the situation in West African countries and why a solar thermal energy program is needed. Using solar thermal energy would counter the economic costs of power black outs in Africa. It would also help create jobs, rely less on other energy sources.
The activities of the new ECOWAS program, planned to be launch in 2015, would cover training programs, analyses and improvement of existing systems, standards and certification programs and development of policy incentives.
Author: Hannes Bauer, ECREEE
Date: 13 June 2014
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