Much like the age-old adage that “knowledge is power,” TAPSEC teamed up with local and regional education organisations to restructure the current information pathways available to students, professionals, and all relevant Renewable Energy (RE) and Energy Efficiency (EE) practitioners. This component, specifically, strengthened the individual, collective, and institutional capacity of key stakeholders to deliver technical solutions in the renewable energy and energy efficiency environment. These interventions will significantly expand the capacity of these key persons to deliver the solutions necessary to create meaningful change for present and future generations.
The Information and Capacity Development interventions resulted in the Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE) becoming the catalyst for energy information and the leading sustainable energy capacity development organisation in the region. Within the scope of a Financing Agreement, TAPSEC supported CCREEE to achieve several institutional and regional capacity and information related interventions towards transformation into a robust regional, energy knowledge management hub. At the heart of CCREEE’s undertakings is the establishment of the CARICOM Energy Knowledge Hub (CEKH): an online platform to collectivise energy information and the management of knowledge products across the Caribbean.
These early interventions achieved under the TAPSEC were meant to springboard a regional approach to energy-related capacity development, led and sustained by the Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in the region’s transition to a sustainable energy future. More succinctly, CCREEE has become the answer to the who, what, when, where and how for all things Renewable Energy (RE) and Energy Efficiency (EE) in the Caribbean.
Information and Capacity Development Interventions
Key Information and Capacity Development Impact
Trainees/student interns have been offered employment in the region’s RE/EE sector (44% of whom are women).
Technology solutions for business models and/or financial mechanisms have been developed in order to reduce transaction costs.
11 regional centres of excellence strengthened & equipped with technologies to provide advanced RE/EE services.