Energy workshops planned for small and medium firms

The Inter-American Investment Corp. in cooperation with BAC/Credomatic will be holding energy efficiency training workshops for entrepreneurs throughout Central America from Wednesday through Aug. 30.

The first is Wednesday in Costa Rica. The other countries and days are Nicaragua, Monday; El Salvador, Aug. 24; Honduras, Aug. 26; and Guatemala, Aug. 30.

The workshops are part of the Central American launch of the GREENPYME program, an Investment Corp. program that supports small- and medium-sized enterprises to help them become more competitive by promoting energy efficiency and clean technologies, said the agency, a member of the Inter-American Development Bank Group. More than 250 companies are expected to participate. In partnerships the GREENPYME program provides access to green financing, and thus assists in improving access to financing for energy efficiency measures and energy audits. Each of the workshops will include a series of successful case studies where small- and medium-sized enterprises that have already implemented energy efficiency measures will describe their experience and lessons learned, the corporation said.

The participation of international companies such as Siemens and Schneider will add value to the events as they will highlight the newest available energy efficiency technologies, it added. Enterprises that participate in GREENPYME Central America may receive free technical assistance for energy audits and clean technology viability studies to detect energy inefficiencies within their facilities, said the corporation. Companies interested in participating in the GREENPYME workshops can register through the GREENPYME Web site:

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