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REGIONAL CAPACITY BUILDING WORKSHOP ON PROJECT DEVELOPMENT

Enhancing decentralised renewable energy solutions in the Hindu Kush Himalayan Region

Venue

Online via Zoom

Date & Time

24 November 2021 to 25 November 2021

Contact

Barsha Rani Gurung & Mayaju Maharjan

Organizers: ICIMOD, IRENA

 

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Enhancing decentralised renewable energy solutions

 

About the workshop

Cost-competitive decentralised renewable energy (DRE) solutions, with their modularity and adaptability, provide a unique opportunity to reconcile energy, socio-economic development and climate objectives in Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH). To this end, ICIMOD and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) have been collaborating over the years to assess selected economic value chains in the region from an energy perspective, identify the gaps and potential actions for advancing renewable energy (RE) solutions, and understand the techno-economic feasibility of these solutions. One of our key priorities is to strengthen the capacity of value chain actors and enterprises to evaluate investment opportunities in renewable energy, prepare bankable project proposals, and access available financing products.

In this context, we are jointly organizing a workshop to build the capacity of the HKH region in renewable energy finance and business plan development, demonstrate the market opportunity to entrepreneurs and technology provides, and share best practices across countries.

 

Target audience

The workshop is targeted at key stakeholders working in the region, as well as renewable energy and social enterprises, and renewable energy technology providers. The workshop will also invite participation from other stakeholders, including relevant government nodal agencies in the HKH countries; regional, national and local stakeholders involved in different economic value chains; development partners and financial institutions; and NGOs and philanthropic organizations.

 

Expected outcomes
  • Catalyse accessible finance for end-users and enterprises by strengthening their capacity to assess investment opportunities in decentralised renewable energy solutions and to prepare bankable project proposals to access funding
  • Support innovation and adaptation processes in the food sector by increasing awareness of energy use, gaps, and opportunities across the selected value chains
  • Support the development of a conducive ecosystem for local and regional technology suppliers for experimentation and innovation, including through platforms for experience and knowledge-sharing

 

Agenda
Day 1 – 24 November 2021
Time (GST) Programme
12:00-12:15 Welcome remarks

Basanta Shrestha, Director, Strategic Cooperation, ICIMOD

Gurbuz Gonul, Director, Country Engagement and Partnerships, IRENA

12:15-15:00 Session 1: Advancing entrepreneurship support and capacity development

Session objectives:

Discuss and deliberate with key stakeholders, including country officials, experts, entrepreneurs, technology providers, about (i) energy use, gaps and opportunities for RE in HKH region, (ii) DRE related policy developments in the region, (iii) demonstrating the market opportunity to entrepreneurs and technology provides, and (iv) share best practices across countries.

Session Moderator: Mewang Gyeltshen, Programme Coordinator, ICIMOD

Scene setting presentations (15 min each): ICIMOD and  IRENA

Moderated panel discussion/Q&A

Session 2: Renewable energy finance and risk management

Scene setting presentation: Ali Yasir, Programme Officer – Decentralized Renewable Energy, IRENA

Introduction to IRENA’s project facilitation and support services

Introduction to training topics

15:00-15:30 Day 1 closing
Day 2 – 25 November 2021
12:00-15:00 Session 3: Renewable energy finance and risk management

Session objectives: Help catalyse accessible financing for end-users and enterprises in HKH by strengthening their capacity (i) to assess investment opportunities in DRE solutions, (ii) and to prepare bankable project proposals to access funding.

Session Moderator: Jennifer Ifeanyi-Okoro, Head – Technical Assistance, IRENA

Training topics to be covered:

  • Business models and market dynamics – Sonja Malicevic, RE Project Faciliation and Finance Consultant, IRENA
  • Landscape of RE finance – Jinkyung Jeong, Associate Programme Officer, IRENA
  • Project preparation and bankability – Tarig Ahmed, Programme Officer, IRENA
  • Risk management for RE projects – Jef Vincent, Consultant, IRENA

Q&A

15:00-15:30 Closing and conclusions

Nand Kishore Agrawal, Regional Programme Manager-Interim, Adaptation and Resilience Building

Binu Parthan, Head of Regions – Country Engagement and Partnerships, IRENA