Renewal energy is topic at regional seminar today

The Instituto Centroamericano de Administración de Empresas will host a 10-hour workshop with the Worldwatch Institute on how to implement renewable energy technologies in Central America. The event is at the school’s Alajuela campus today.

At the workshop, energy experts from the school known as INCAE and the Worldwatch Institute will give presentations on harnessing renewable energy sources and extending access to energy to impoverished communities.

The experts attending the workshop will include a variety of people for the public and private sectors across Central America, including representatives from Costa Rica’s Ministerio de Ambiente y Energía aand the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad.

“The idea is to bring together a number of energy experts, not only from Costa Rica but also from other countries, to get their input,” said Ana María Majano. She is the associate director of INCAE’s department of Central American competition and sustainable development

INCAE is a private, nonprofit business school with campuses or offices in over 20 countries across the Western Hemisphere. The Worldwatch Institute, is a Washington, D.C.-based, independent, research organization specializing in energy and environmental issues.

In a press release,Worldwatch, said that Central America’s dependence on traditional energy sources like large hydropower facilities and imported petroleum has hampered larger scale investments in more sustainable energy technologies. Additionally, the institute said that poor communities are not being supplied with adequate energy.

“We need to lower our dependency on fossil fuels. We need to provide access to electricity to rural communities,” said Ms. Majano.

Ms. Majano explained that her department has been investigating these issues for years and it is taking the lead in this series.

Anther workshop took place at INCAE’s campus in Managua, Nicaragua, last week.

However, Ms. Majano explained that the workshops were unique. In Nicaragua, the workshop was focused on how to address Nicaragua’s specific problems, such as how it can improve access to electricity for poor, rural communities with small renewable energy generators like solar panels. The workshop in Costa Rica will broadly look at all of Central America.

“In Nicaragua we want to focus on how renewable energy can be an instrument to improve the socioeconomic situations of rural communities,” said Ms. Majano. “In Costa Rica we are having the discussion at the regional level.”

The workshop will run until 7 p.m. on Monday, at INCAE’s campus in La Garita, Alajuela.

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