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Cape Verde to host green energy centre.

A new regional centre for renewable energy research and development has been opened Cape Verde. Backed by Unido, the Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency will act as a specialised agency for Ecowas, based in Praia, the capital of Cape Verde. The initiative also has the backing of the host government and Austria and Spain.

Its objective is to assist in the development of renewable energy and energy efficiency markets in West Africa, advise on government policies within the Ecowas region, build local capacity and quality assurance mechanisms as well drawing up financial plans. The centre will also serve to showcase demonstration projects with potential for regional scaling up.

"The current energy systems in the Ecowas region are failing to support the growth prospects of the over 262m inhabitants, especially the needs of the poor. The creation of this centre is a central milestone in efforts to accelerate the deployment of renewable energy and energy efficient technologies and services in the region," says Yoshiteru Uramoto, of Unido. "Investing in renewable energy systems and introducing energy-efficient technologies will contribute to the region's economic and social development without harming the environment," he adds.

The agency has already developed an energy programme for 18 countries in West Africa, including all Ecowas member states, funded by the Global Environment Facility. The Cape Verde centre will become the main implementing agency of the $150m programme, focusing on the energy access agenda and energy efficiency in key sectors of the economy.

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Title Annotation:Renewable energy
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Publication:African Business
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:60AFR
Date:Aug 1, 2010
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