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IRENA and Arizona State University develop certification programme for solar technicians in West Africa

Abu Dhabi, UAE and Mesa, Arizona, USA, 11 March 2014: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and Arizona State University (ASU) signed an agreement this week to develop a solar certification programme for West Africa. The two institutions have teamed up to develop certification programmes for technicians of off-grid as well as grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) energy systems in West Africa. The programme aims to develop workforce capacity for solar PV systems, a fast-growing form of renewable energy with excellent potential for providing energy security and economic development in the region.


IRENA and Arizona State University develop certification programme for solar technicians in West Africa
(Photo taken in the Republic of Fiji in a similar certification program)

“West Africa needs more skilled technicians to accelerate the deployment of solar PV, and it is part of IRENA’s mission to encourage this through knowledge sharing, provision of expertise and international cooperation,” said Gauri Singh, Director of IRENA’s Country Support and Partnerships division. “Our collaboration with ASU supports this effort by providing a standard for excellence in the sector. This will help West African countries to reap the benefits of solar power.”

The certification of technicians improves the confidence of customers in the renewable energy industry and the skills of the technicians who implement them. It supports the employability of the technicians by providing them with recognised skill levels.

“ASU is a worldwide leader in PV solar research, power-grid management and sustainability,” said Paul Johnson, dean of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at ASU. “We are excited to be collaborating with IRENA to share our expertise and help build the local technical capacity in West Africa.”

The IRENA and ASU collaboration includes one or two-day workshops in selected countries in West Africa and key stakeholders will be engaged to participate as a means to garnering political and policy level support for the initiative. Stakeholders include certifying agencies, national and regional training institutions, government agencies, training providers, utility companies and regulatory authorities.

“Establishing human competency standards followed by appropriate training and certification is essential to the success of renewable energy efforts in the developing countries, and ASU welcomes IRENA as the sponsoring collaborator in helping organise this effort,” said Anshuman Razdan, professor in engineering and computing systems at ASU and principal investigator of the collaboration.

The initiative sees national and regional technical committees set up to guide and oversee the development of technical competency standards. The project also establishes technical guidelines for the solar energy technology training programs for each level of certification.

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The Program of 35.000 MW to Overcome the Absence of Electricity

Said Ganjar 4Electricity is an absolute need to move and develop economy, and also to support people’s daily life, so the Government obligates to fulfill people’s developing electricity need. So that the Government is trying to meet electricity consumption need through various programs such as Fast Track Program I and II, and also the program of 35.000 MW.

Some remote areas in Indonesia are having electricity crisis because there is no balance between electricity need and electricity supply. Other areas are crisis because the growth of electricity needs is not accompanied by the growth of its electricity capacity. The condition possibly happens in many areas in Indonesia such as in Central Java. Central Java is predicted to be in electricity crisis by 2017, if there is no capacity addition. Electricity capacity addition is not only an obligation, but it is a must.

“We have 24 national electricity systems, but only half of the system are in normal condition, not having any margin or even minus. So, the program of 35.000 MW is not a dream, but is a must,” said the Minister Sudirman when handing over 10% of PI to Central Java and West Java, Wednesday (19/8).

The program of 35.000 MW is one of strategic program in Presidential Regulation Draft regarding the Acceleration of Governmental Strategic Projects Development. Electricity need for 35.000 MW is the prediction of electricity need fulfillment by having economic growth for 6% within the next five years. “35.000 MW is a necessity. If we are not able to build 35.000 MW within the next five years, then there will be more areas living in darkness. So, we have to fight for it,” said Sudirman. (AK)

Minister of EMR Assigned PGN to Build Domestic Gas System in Eleven Cities/Districts

JAKARTA – Together with the handover of 10% Participating Interest (PI) of Muriah Workng Area for Central Java Regional Government and Offshore North West Java (ONWJ) to West Java Regional Government, Wednesday (19/8), the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Sudirman Said also directly hand over the Decree of Domestic Gas System Management to the President Director of PT Perusahaan Gas Negara (Persero) Tbk (PGN), Hendi Prio Santoso, in elevel cities/districts.

Ministry of EMR assigned PGN to manage Central Java in Blora for 4.000 SR (House Connection) and Semarang for 4.000 SR. Ministry of EMR also assigned PGN to manage and operate domestic gas system in other nine cities/districts besides Blora and Semarang. The cities/districts are houses in Jabodetabek for 5.234 SR, Bogor District (4.000 SR), Cirebon City (4.000 SR), Palembang City (3.311 SR), Surabaya City (2.900 SR), Depok City (4.000 SR), Tarakan City (3.366 SR), Bekasi City (4.628 SR) and Sorong District (3.898 SR). So, the total SR is 43.334 SR. The domestic gas system are built by the Ministry of EMR.

Minister of EMR, Sudirman Said stated that the Ministry of EMR assigned PGN to manage and operate domestic gas system remembering that PGN has owned experience in distributing natural gas for domestic. “I am so glad that PGN is so aggressive in building gas system. It will hasten conversion heading to environmentally friendly energy for wide people,” said Sudirman.

Minister of EMR also assigned SKK Migas to prepare natural gas allocation for domestic to be adjusted according to supply volume realization and natural gas distribution for domestic. The president director of PGN, Hendi Prio Santoso stated that PGN welcome the trust of the Government, in this matter is Ministry of EMR to manage and operate domestic gas system. “We have had experience in distributing natural gas for domestic, so we are always ready to accept assignment from the Government,” said Hendi Prio Santoso. (AK)

IRENA Director-General Commends China’s Initiatives, Talks Renewable Energy at Fourth Global Think Tank Summit

IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin attended the Fourth Global Think Tank Summit in Beijing on 26-27 June 2015. This year’s theme was “Global Sustainable Development: A New Path After 2015.”

In his keynote speech at the Summit’s Forum on Climate Change and Green Growth, Mr. Amin welcomed the announcement of China’s US$ 6.6 trillion investment to address climate issues by 2030, made in the U.S.-China Strategic & Economic Dialogue in Washington DC, and emphasised that the commitment will benefit not only China but also the whole world in terms of facilitating the global energy transformation towards a low-carbon sustainable energy future. Mr. Amin presented several global cases of delivering highly cost-competitive renewable electricity that exemplify the fact that renewable energy is a key component of the energy transformation. Noting China’s many achievements in renewable energy development, Mr. Amin said that the country could also further scale up its renewable energy to 26% by 2030, citing IRENA’s recent report.

At the summit’s sub-forum “Global Sustainable Development: Energy Reform,” Mr. Amin emphasised that governments around the world are showing unprecedented levels of ambition towards the deployment of renewable energy capacity as a response to the urgent need for a global energy transition in the face of climate, environmental and economic challenges. In addition to the fast growing renewable energy industry in China, Mr. Amin stressed the importance of technology innovation and highlighted the social benefits of renewable energy development such as job creation. According to a recent study conducted by IRENA, the renewable energy sector in China employed around 3.4 million people in 2014, almost half of the global total of 7.7 million, excluding large hydropower. Mr. Amin also praised China’s active engagements in IRENA’s activities and expressed appreciation for China’s strong support of international renewable energy deployment since China joined IRENA in January 2013.

The Global Think Tank Summit provides a platform for exchanges among top-level think tanks across the globe on emerging and persistent global challenges, such as climate change, green growth and the energy transition. More than 600 representatives from 30 countries, regions and international organizations attended the Summit. During the summit, China’s Premier Li Keqiang met a group of prominent scholars, politicians and heads of international organisations at the Great Hall of the People to discuss the issues covering sustainable development, global governance, climate change and China’s economy.

IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin at the Fourth Global Think Tank Summit

China’s Premier Li Keqiang met with a group of prominent scholars, politicians and heads of international organisations at the Great Hall of the People.

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Renewable electricity generation climbs to second place after coal

‌‌‌‌‌‌In 2014, electricity production in the 34 members of the OECD fell slightly to 10 712 TWh a decrease of 0.8% or 86 TWh compared to 2013, according to provisional data recently released by the International Energy Agency (IEA). This decline was driven by lower fossil fuel and hydro production that were only partially offset by growth in non-hydro renewables (+8.5%) and nuclear (+0.9%).

OECD Electricity production 20132014

The growth in non-hydro renewable electricity was driven by solar and wind. In 2014, solar photovoltaic overtook solid biofuels to become the second largest source of non-hydro renewable electricity in OECD Europe, with a share of 17.3%. Since 1990, solar photovoltaic has been increasing at an average growth rate of 44.6% per year, and wind at 27.1% per year.

 OECD Europe NonHydro Renewable Electricity by source

Growth in electricity generation continues to be driven by non-OECD countries. The latest data released by the IEA shows that global electricity generation increased by 2.9% between 2012 and 2013. The data shows clearly two distinct trends. Electricity generation is levelling off within the OECD, with a negative annual average growth rate (AAGR) of -0.35% between 2010 and 2013, while it is strongly rising in the rest of the world (AAGR 5.6%). As a consequence, in 2011 non-OECD countries produced more electricity than OECD countries for the first time in history.

OECD vs Non-OECD electricity production 1973 to 20132014

Data for 2013 show that renewable electricity generation overtook natural gas to become the second largest source of electricity worldwide producing 22% of total electricity or 5 130 TWh. In addition, in 2013, global non-hydro renewable electricity, which rose to 1 256 TWh or 5.4% of global electricity production, surpassed oil-fired generation for the first time ever.

In the same year, electricity generated by coal reached its highest level yet at 9 613 TWh, representing 41.1% of global electricity production.  The growth in coal generation was driven by non-OECD countries.

World electricity production by source from 1973 to 2013

On a global level, the majority of renewable energy is consumed in the residential, commercial and public services sectors. However, two patterns can be identified: in the non-OECD countries only 22.3% of renewables are used for electricity and heat production and 60.7% in the residential, commercial and public sectors; in the OECD countries, more than half of the renewable primary energy supply (58.5%) is used to generate electricity and heat.

OECD vs Non-OECD sectorial consumption of renewable energy in 2013

The new data are available in detail from the Renewable Information 2015 and Electricity Information 2015 databases and books. Summaries of the findings are available for free download for Renewable  and for Electricity . All 2014 data are provisional.