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ASU’s VOCTEC program helps rebuild the country of Sierra Leone

In close collaboration with project sponsor, Danish NGO IBIS, Arizona State University recently concluded a two week train-the-trainer program in Sierra Leone. The West African country of Sierra Leone, with a population of around 6 million, emerged from a devastating civil war in 2002 which devastated social structures and physical infrastructure. Although economic and social developments had accelerated over the last few years, the recent Ebola outbreak has added to the devastation of the country, killing almost 4000 people.

Women Educators in Kenya learn solar PV technologies

Women Educators from institutions and organizations near Nairobi, Kenya, gathered for an all-women solar photovoltaics course, held at Strathmore University. This was the 2nd such training held exclusively for women under Arizona State University's VOCTEC training curriculum, sponsored by USAID. Prior trainings had shown that women were more likely to register for an all-women class. This event saw attendance by 26 women, representing various institutions throughout Kenya.  

Female Educators in India enhance their knowledge on solar PV technologies

In February, 2016, Arizona State University’s VOCTEC program funded by USAID, conducted its second educators’ solar photovoltaic (PV) workshop in India. The 8-day training was held at Acharya Nagarjuna University (ANU) in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, in collaboration with Gujarat Energy Research and Management Institute (GERMI).

Building Inspectors attend Solar PV training in Barbados

Inspector gather around Solar PV panel

As part of the three-year, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) funded, BRIDGE program in the Caribbean, Arizona State University (ASU) conducted a solar photovoltaic (PV) workshop in Barbados on August 24 -26, 2015. The intensive 3-day workshop was specifically targeted towards code and building inspectors from government agencies, utilities and other private and public organizations and educational institutions in Barbados.

The VOCTEC Program: Impact, challenges and lessons learnt from trainings in renewable energy in developing countries

The rapid deployment of renewable energy technologies can pose numerous challenges for energy related stakeholders when local populations lack the necessary skills to install and maintain systems. Quality vocational training is needed in order to ensure that technicians adhere to protection and safety guidelines and utilize best practices in the design and installation of renewable energy systems.

USAID - Power Africa 2015 Photo Contest Winners

In celebration of its two year anniversary this week, Power Africa is announcing eight winners for it's inaugural photo contest. The winning collection captures the momentum and ideas that are driving innovation in sub-Saharan Africa’s energy sector. Winners were showcased during the 2015 Africa Energy Forum, where Power Africa served as a strategic partner to conference organizer EnergyNet.

ASU organizes Gender Contest in the Caribbean

As part of the three year Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) funded BRIDGE program in the Caribbean on Sustainable Energy and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), Arizona State University (ASU), together with the implementation partner the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), organized a “Gender Inclusion Contest” for student teams in all three program countries – Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago.

Support for Nepal in Solar and Wind Energy trainings

Nepal, located in South-Central Asia, between China and India, is considered one of the developing countries in the world due to lack of services and resources based on their geographic location. In April 2015, Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal was a victim to a tragic earthquake that destroyed several homes, injured more than 23,000 people and killed over 9,000 people. In addition it also brought down several of their hydro—powered plants which provides Kathmandu about 90% of their electricity.

Workshop on small wind energy systems for policy makers in Nepal

Kathmandu– “Workshop on small wind energy systems for policy makers in Nepal” has been organized by Nepal Academy of science and Technology (NAST) in association with Arizona State University (ASU), in Lalitpur on 1- 3 October 2015. This workshop has been conducted by Vocational Training and Education for Clean Energy (VOCTEC) Program, supported by United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Development and implementation of a solar PV outreach training module for capacity building in East Africa

Although the Kenyan solar photovoltaic (PV) market is often considered as a successful commercially driven market, market spoilage due to poor quality service has significantly hindered market growth. Numerous studies have revealed statistics indicating poorly designed and installed solar PV systems. In December 2012, the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) published the “Energy Solar Photovoltaic System Regulation 2012”.

USAID Helps Kenyan Women Learn Solar PV Technology, Nairobi April 20-29, 2015

The opportunity overall was unique, highly educative and transformational. I am so equipped for the solar industry now!” enthused Mary Mindo of the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology about the recent solar photovoltaic (PV) training she took in Nairobi, Kenya. The training was provided by the USAID-funded Vocational Training and Education for Clean Energy (VOCTEC) program, which seeks to enhance local knowledge and capacity to design, install, operate and maintain small-scale clean energy systems in developing countries. VOCTEC is led by Arizona State University (ASU), which, together with its Kenyan partner Strathmore University, implemented an innovative all-female train-the-trainer solar training from April 20-29, 2015.

Sustainable Energy Training in Jamaica Launches BRIDGE Program in the Caribbean

The Advanced Technology Innovation Center (ATIC) at Arizona State University’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering conducted a two-week educator’s workshop on sustainable energy for faculty, instructors and trainers from 3 Caribbean countries in Kingston, Jamaica on January 5 – 16, 2015. The workshop is part of the capacity building component of the BRIDGE program which ASU, together with the Dutch research organization TNO, has been implementing in Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago.

Improving Lives in PNG Through Sustainable Energy

USAID through the Vocational Training and Education for Clean Energy program (VOCTEC) is helping to improve the lives of Papua New Guineans (PNG) living in rural areas by improving access to sustainable energy.

“Over 80% of PNG’s people live in rural areas without access to energy services. Improving access to energy also improves health, education and gender equality outcomes in rural communities,” said Mr. Gavin Pereira, Pacific Regional Coordinator of the VOCTEC program.

Strathmore, VOCTEC team up for solar training in Kenya

Strathmore University (SU) in Nairobi, Kenya is a partner of Vocational Training and Education for Clean Energy (VOCTEC) for conducting solar training in Kenya. A VOCTEC educator level training was successfully completed at Strathmore in July 2014, where 14 participants received instruction on solar PV technology. In January 2014, SU teamed up with Arizona State University (ASU) to apply for a Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) award funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and United States Agency for International Development (USAID). SU was successful in the application, and won a two-year PEER award for US $120,000 to enhance technical capacity for solar energy in Kenya.

VOCTEC, IUCN deliver micro-hydro energy workshop in Fiji

The Vocational Training and Education for Clean Energy (VOCTEC) program funded by USAID, and led by Arizona State University (ASU), in cooperation with International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Oceania, delivered a three- day workshop on micro-hydro energy systems for policy makers in Nadi, Fiji from September 24 to 26, 2014. In total, 20 high-level officials and policy makers, including observers who represented Pacific-based donors and local NGO’s, attended the workshop. The participants included senior government and industry officials from the Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu. Representatives from Pacific-based regional entities including from the Secretariat of the Pacific (SPC), the European Union (EU), and the University of the South Pacific (USP), attended the workshop.

Solar PV Training for University of The Virgin Islands Faculty

Arizona State University’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering hosted 5 faculty members from the University of the Virgin Islands for a solar PV train-the-trainer workshop from August 11- 20, 2014 at the ASU Polytechnic campus. The workshop encompassed a week-long “boot-camp” on solar PV design and installation, based on the North American Board of Certified Energy Practioners’ (NABCEP) learning objectives as well as more advanced lectures and hands-on experiments on solar PV technologies. Subsequently, all participants were able to take the NABCEP entry level exam. ASU is an approved training provider of NABCEP trainings.

Webinar on best practices and lessons learned for renewable energy training

In partnership with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Arizona State University (ASU) shared lessons learned and ideas for best practices for vocational training in the renewable energy sector in a 90-minute long webinar hosted by IRENA.

In total, 300 participants from 80 different countries had registered for the webinar, and 65 participated. Overall, the webinar was a success and received positive feedback from the attendees. The whole webinar was recorded and will be posted on IRENA website.

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