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and Cooperation.

Welcome to REGSA – Promoting Renewable Electricity Generation in South America

Rationale and Origin

The access to electrical energy has a key role with regards to the socio-economic development and poverty alleviation in particular. The local generation and use of renewable energy offers a significant potential for the local economic development apart from different environmental benefits. However, in many regions, the lack of rural electrification is a major impediment to the economic development. Even though most of the South American countries have specific and defined strategies as well as plans to improve the renewable energy generation, the actual implementation is threatened by a wide range of legislative, financial, political and technological problems.

The project is funded by the “Thematic Programme for Environment and Sustainable Management of Natural Resources, including Energy”, a programme funded by the European Union. It gives the participant countries the chance to promote renewable energy in rural electrification at the same time that fostering local job opportunities. The consortium of the REGSA project evolved from a current ALFA III project JELARE (Joint European Latin American Renewable Energy Project) which supports the wider application of renewable energy by fostering labour-market oriented research and teaching approaches at Latin American universities in the Renewable Energy sector.

 

Objectives

The project REGSA – Promoting Renewable Electricity Generation in South America aims at contributing to an increase of the renewable energy share of the electrical power generation in Bolivia, Brazil and Chile. This sample of South America countries shows different stages in the development of the electrical energy generation by means of renewable energy. The activities developed in these countries are designed to be replicable in other South American countries.

   

Workpackages

  • Workpackage 1: Project management
  • Workpackage 2: Baseline study on Renewable Electricity Generation
  • Workpackage 3: Renewable Electricity Generation Scenarios
  • Workpackage 4: Pilot Actions – Renewable Electrical Energy Communities.
  • Workpackage 5: Awareness raising & dissemination activities

 

   

Communities with Renewable Energies in South America

This book was prepared as part of the REGSA Project (Renewable Electricity Generation in South America).

As we all know, there is a perceived need to foster the use of electricity from renewable sources in developing countries. This is also so in South America, where renewable energy can be useful as a tool towards energy security and poverty reduction in areas off the grid.

This book congregates the information, know-how and expertise from one of the work packages (WP4) which focused on feasibility studies
on renewable electricity generation technologies. It was meant to gather information on potential approaches and practices, on one hand, and to facilitate a dialogue among various stakeholders, on the other. They started from appraisal of the energy situation in the REGSA Project's countries (i.e. Bolivia, Brazil and Chile) and identified sustainable practices which are deemed as feasible.

Read more: Communities with Renewable Energies in South America

   

New REGSA newsletter No. 7 available

REGSA newsletter 07 is now available at:

http://regsa-project.eu/

   

Renewable Electricity & Socio-Economic Development: Challenges and Opportunities for Developed and Developing Countries

International REGSA Seminar

9th September 2014, Hamburg

The access to electrical energy has a key role with regards to the socio-economic development and poverty alleviation in particular. The local generation and use of renewable energy offers a significant potential for the local economic development apart from different environmental benefits. In presentations from European and South American speakers as well as in discussion rounds the challenges and opportunities of renewable electricity generation for the socio-economic development will be highlighted.

This seminar will offer a forum for German key actors in the renewable energy technology transfer and development cooperation sectors, to exchange experience between each other and to enter into a dialogue with representatives from Latin American universities. This seminar seeks to promote the exchange of experiences between universities, NGOs and enterprises working in international renewable energy technology transfer. Moreover, it aims to initiate partnerships and contribute to closer networking between institutions in the field of renewable energy and development cooperation.

Read more: Renewable Electricity & Socio-Economic Development: Challenges and Opportunities for Developed and Developing Countries

   

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