The Inter-American Investment Corp. has awarded 50 scholarships to train prospective energy auditors in Central America under its GREENPYME initiative.
The scholarship recipients underwent intensive training in a 48-hour course on theory and practice and gained first-hand experience in energy auditing. They also acquired skills for advising projects that promote energy saving.
In each country, the engineers who had been trained performed an energy audit of a business and issued recommendations to boost its energy efficiency and make it more competitive. The training was conducted in June and July in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.
“The GREENPYME scholarship program offers engineers seeking energy-efficiency training an excellent opportunity to help small and medium-sized enterprises adopt better energy practices,” noted Jorge Roldán, chief of the corporation’s Technical Assistance and Strategic Partnerships Division. “The participants increased their knowledge and applied it to an actual case. They also gained an understanding of the new challenges and professional opportunities in the field of energy efficiency.”
GREENPYME encourages small businesses to make more efficient and sustainable use of energy resources and promotes renewable energy in Latin America and the Caribbean, said the corporation. The initiative provides training, technical advisory services, and energy audits, helping companies implement cleaner technologies and adopt good energy‑efficiency practices for greater competitiveness and sustainability.
The corporation, a member of the Inter-American Development Bank Group, promotes private-sector development in Latin America and the Caribbean with a focus on small and medium-sized enterprises.