ECOWAS Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, ECREEE, is to establish training and examination centres in member States for its regional certification scheme.
The Executive Director of the Centre, Mr. Mahama Kappiah who disclosed this at an event to mark the 9th anniversary of ECREEE in Praia, Capital of Cape Verde, added that the objective is to promote professional competence and address quality assurance gap that exist in the region.
Mr. Kappiah noted that lack of professionalism in the sector has often resulted to renewable energy projects to be abandoned in most states of the region.
“When you travel along our express way, you can see that many of the solar street lights not working and they have been abandoned.”
The reason is that most times, these jobs are not handled by professionals and this is what we want to address.
He said the Centre has introduced a regional Certification examination which has already taken place in Senegal and Ghana.
Mr. Kappiah disclosed that by the end of this month, another examination will be holding in Lagos, Nigeria.
Public Private Partnership
The Executive Director also called on member states to embark on project development for renewables.
He said the centre was ready to give technical assistance to countries that are willing to go into Public Private Partnerships, PPP, in renewable.
Mr. Kappiah said apart from developing policies, the center was also helping countries to come out with projects that will improve access to electricity.
The event was attended by key players in energy sector and the First Lady of Cape Verde, Ligia Dias Fonseca who was recognised for her role in encouraging women to embark on training on renewable energy.
ECREEE was established by ECOWAS Council of Ministers in November 2008 to promote the development of sustainable energy market with its secretariat based in Praia and national focal institutions in all the 15 ECOWAS member countries.
The center was officially launched in July 2010.