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Fifth meeting of pilot countries participating in the Scaling Up Renewable Energy Program in Low Income Countries (SREP)

28-30 May 2013 | Bandos Island, Maldives

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Highlights for Thursday, 30 May 2013

On Thursday morning, participants attended a joint energy and technical working group learning event on the Scaling Up Renewable Energy Program. Florence Richard-Quintanilha, African Development Bank, moderated discussions on successful practices, the unique challenges of rural poverty, and rural functional markets. Representatives from renewable energy organizations in Kenya, Nepal and the Maldives shared their experiences generating energy in remote regions, highlighting specific challenges and lessons learned in implementing rural energy projects. Participants discussed their countries' best practices, challenges, and country-specific enabling environments.

Daniel Riley, Lead Specialist, Renewable Energy Policy, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), then moderated a panel discussion on the role of social enterprise and the provision of energy services in rural areas. Panelists Joseph Nganga, Renewable Energy Ventures, Kenya, Thomas Pullenkav, Solar Electric Light Company (SELCO) Foundation, India, and James Wakaba, Global Village Energy Partnership International (GVEP), shared their experiences in establishing renewable energy systems in remote areas. Participants discussed the role of social enterprises in the country context to address challenges in the rural sector, and how these can improve enabling conditions and develop markets.

In the afternoon, participants were taken to Villi-Male', an island located on the northern side of Male' Atoll, to visit one of six solar photovoltaic (PV) installations at the Muhyiddin School. Ibrahim Nashid, Renewable Energy Maldives (REM), presented on the "Six Island Solar PV" project, while Thanzeela Naeem, Maldives, presented on the environmental work done by a voluntary movement called Save the Beach.

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Delegates discussing the role of social enterprise and the provision of energy services in rural areas.
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Morning Session
Surya Kumar Sapkota, Nepal
Ajwad Musthafa, Maldives
Henry Gichungi, Kenya
Ismael Touré, Mali
Florence Richard-Quintanilha, African Development Bank
Kato Kabaka, Tanzania
Leonardo Matute, Honduras
Jiwan Acharya, Asian Development Bank (standing) intervening in discussions.
Daniel Riley, WWF
Joseph Nganga, Renewable Energy Ventures
Thomas Pullenkav, SELCO Foundation
James Wakaba, GVEP
Shaanti Kapila, Global Support Program Coordinator, CIF
Patricia Bliss-Guest, CIF Administrative Unit Program Manager


Afternoon Session
Participants arriving at Villi-Male'.
Participants discussing PV installations on the school rooftop.
Ibrahim Nashid, REM
Thanzeela Naeem, Save the Beach, Villingili
Breakwater going out to sea.


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Related Links
CIF resources

*Meeting website

*Meeting provisional agenda

*SREP website

*Fourth SREP Pilot Country Meeting, 30 October 2012, Istanbul, Turkey

*Third SREP Pilot Country Meeting, 5-7 March 2012, Nairobi, Kenya

*Second SREP Pilot Country Meeting, 20 June 2011, Cape Town, South Africa

*First SREP Pilot Country Meeting, 11 November 2010, Washington, DC, United States of America

IISD RS resources

*IISD RS coverage of the Seventh meeting of the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR) Pilot Countries, 1-3 May 2013, Washington, DC, United States of America

*IISD RS coverage of the CIF 2012 Partnership Forum and Associated Events, 30 October - 7 November 2012, Istanbul, Turkey

*IISD RS coverage of the 2011 CIF Partnership Forum, 24-25 June 2011, Cape Town, South Africa

*2011 CIF Partnership Forum Proceedings - Production by IISD in collaboration with the CIF Administrative Unit

*Energy-L - A mailing list for news on energy policy

*Sustainable Energy Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of Sustainable Energy Activities

*Climate-L - A mailing list for news on climate change policy

*Climate Change Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing Global Climate Change Policy

*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
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