Renewable Energy Learning Conference 10-12 December 2012
The Renewable World organized 3 days’ Renewable Energy Learning Conference from 10-12 December 2012 where I participated in the session “Markets, Technology, Information and Renewable Energy Session” on 11 December 2012 at The Summit Hotel. The session was chaired by Ms. Jo Kelly, Renewable World and the objective of the session was to enable sharing of learning and experience to widen perspectives and enhance understanding of different topics. There were around 30 participants representing different NGOs, INGOs and government officials working in different sectors.
With the statement, “Are markets the best way to bring the benefits of renewable to the poorest? What role can subsidies and information flows play?” , there were four presentations followed by discussion session.
Mr. Emilio Simonet, Technical Director-Renewable World presented on “Sustainable energy markets for low and middle-income economies: appropriate support mechanisms & the renewable energy regulated purchase tariff”. “Energy should be a service than only an installation.” said Mr. Simones.
Mr. Rajiv Pradhan, iDE-Bangladesh presented on “Technology and markets in Bangladesh”. “Market systems play a key role in commercialization & subsidies can go into creation/strengthening of such systems.” said Mr. Pradhan.
Mr. Tamjid Ur Rahman, Chief Executive Officer-Change Maker presented on “Breaking down differences in information access to empower the poor-experiences from Bangladesh”. “Seeing is Believing.. People do not need technology hardware but the solutions… So they wont adopt it until and unless they see the change happening.” said Mr. Rahman.
Mr. Luke Colavito, Country Director- iDE Nepal presented on “Rural market pockets and the role of the private sector”. “Nepal has unmet national and international markets for many high value crops and commodities.” said Mr. Colavito.
Then with the summation of the session Ms. Kelly gave her closing remarks.