IT Power to conduct feasibility study on East African Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

22. February 2013 | By:  IT Power

IT Power has recently been awarded a contract from UNIDO and the Austrian Development Agency to conduct a feasibility study into a new East African Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency.

East African countries are simultaneously facing challenges of energy access, energy security and climate change mitigation. Therefore the East African Community (EAC), with technical assistance from the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) partnering with the Austrian Development Agency have set-up a project to establish an East African Centre on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (EACREEE).

The centre will address the renewable energy and energy efficiency issues faced by five East African nations: Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. As an integral step to establish this new centre, IT Power will conduct a feasibility study to design the potential technical and institutional structure of the EACREEE.

The design of the centre will incorporate the needs of stakeholders from Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda; following extensive consultation by IT Power. In addition, detailed analysis of the EAC market segments and trends, the most important private and public sector stakeholders, as well as barriers to the dissemination and usage of RE&EE technologies will be carried out.

All of these findings will be translated into a comprehensive work-plan for the brand new centre. The purpose of this feasibility study is to establish the structure, functionality and focus of the EACREEE, as well as prepare possible guidelines for the first operational phase from 2014-2018. The structure of the centre will be in accordance with the legal, administrative and financial framework of EAC rules and regulation.

The centre intends to identify synergies with the local energy stakeholders and the international organisations operating in the region. IT Power will provide an international team of experts for this particular project coordinating local and international staff from our Indian, UK and East African offices.

When asked about the award of this contract, the Global CEO of IT Power, David Nickols said, “This project presents a great opportunity for IT Power to apply our extensive knowledge to shape the creation of this new centre IT Power Limited – Company Registration Number: 1571786 England www.itpower.co.uk that is urgently needed in the region. IT Power are pleased to provide our expertise to the EAC to help address the need for sustainable energy in this emerging market.”

The recommendations for the EACREEE will be delivered mid-2013. For further details, please refer to the IT Power website. www.itpower.co.uk For further information, please contact: Jose Mestre Senior Consultant Jose.Mestre@itpowergroup.com +44 (0) 203 397 0331