The ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) is organizing an ECOWAS Regional Training Workshop on Energy Audit for Buildings, scheduled to take place from 7 – 11 December 2015, in Praia, Cabo Verde.
The training is meant for male and female electrical technicians and engineers working in the energy sector and who are seeking to start or expand into the business of providing services directed at improving energy efficiency in buildings. Over twenty-five (25) participants from the public and private sector, in the 15 ECOWAS Member States, have been selected to attend the training, of which ten (10) are female applicants . The female applicants selected will be given additional support through the Women’s Technical Exchange Program, an initiative under the ECOWAS Programme on Gender Mainstreaming in Energy Access (ECOW-GEN), which works to equip women in energy with the knowledge and skills to grow and remain competitive in the energy sector.
A Baseline Survey was conducted to tailor the training to the various levels of applicants’ understanding of the subject matter. The 26 applicants selected were those who demonstrated the capacity to immediately apply the acquired knowledge and skills. These applicants exhibited a basic knowledge of electrical installation and maintenance work, and are actively working in a public or private company.
Organized in partnership with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Clean Energy Solutions Centre (CESC), the training is the first of a series of trainings to support the development of energy efficiency markets in West African countries. The expected impact is an increased number of indigenous entrepreneurs and technicians with the knowledge and skills to conduct energy audit, thus contributing to the objectives of the ECOWAS Energy Efficiency Policy.
ECREEE, as the organizer, will cover the travel and accommodation costs of the selected participants (an economy class, round-trip ticket and a pre-paid hotel accommodation).