IRENA helps Central America integrate renewables

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and Central American countries joined forces to boost the deployment of renewables in the region. Energy skateholders, electric utilities, distributors and other players gathered […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and Central American countries joined forces to boost the deployment of renewables in the region.

Energy skateholders, electric utilities, distributors and other players gathered in Panama this week to learn how to tackle the challenge of integrating more green technologies into the regional power system.

They attended workshops organised by the agency, focusing on the challenges and opportunities the region faces in scaling up its renewable energy capacity.

They discussed the policy, regulatory framework and technical challenges in integrating higher shares of variable clean technologies.

The region has set a 11% renewable energy target by 2020.

Panama Secretary of Energy, V√≠ctor Carlos Urrutia Guardia said: “The Renewables Readiness Assessment for Panama and the Clean Energy Corridor of Central America come at a very important juncture in the region. Concrete results are expected under the Paris Agreement on climate change and the energy sector will be key to achieving those goals. IRENA is helping the region identify new innovative solutions to incorporate more renewables and improve grid interconnection.”

Renewables will be part of the discussions at the Energy Live 2016 conference in London next Thursday. Find out more here and join in the debate using #EL2016.