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Promotion of the Efficient Use of Renewable Energies in Developing Countries (REEPRO)

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Based on the results of the ALTENER GREENpro project, existing Bioenergy, Solar Thermal and Photovoltaic guidebooks will be adapted and complemented as basis for renewable energy sources (RES) training programmes. These guidebooks target politicians, engineers, technicians and community stakeholders to overcome barriers to RES utilisation characterised by lack of technology knowledge and awareness of RES financing options and models. The local training kits will be structured in 3 levels according the 3 target groups: RES experts, technicians and community stakeholders. Trainers of each level will be trained and involved in training kit development. Additionally, selected communities will be encouraged to develop and implement RES projects. REEPRO will improve the RES capacity and awareness of the target group and thus promote the implementation of sustainable RES projects for poverty eradication in developing nations.


  • Improved capacity of the target group to deal with RES themes coupled with the build up of technical, policy, organisational and economic intermediations skills by : - Development of training material (trainer guide books and training kits on Bioenergy, Solar Thermal and Photovoltaic)
  • Training of 120 RES experts in 4, 150 technicians in 5 and 200 local stakeholders in 10 trainings per country
  • Installation of small showcases in hands-on training operations in selected communities (each 5 communities in Laos and Cambodia)

Lessons learned

  • Comparing the investment plus the operation costs to get a real feasibility picture is rarely considered. Another problem is the incor-rect installation and the lack of maintenance for applied RE tech-nologies.
  • There is no knowledge of the negative influences of shading, dust and of the incorrect installation on the efficiency of photovoltaic (PV) modules.
  • Out-dated diesel generators are the main source of electricity in rural areas in developing countries. They are used to run battery charging stations, village grids or single applications such as for rice mills. Last updated: 10.08.2010

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Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sonnenenergie e.V.
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Bernhard Weyres-Borchert
+49 (0) 4381 41 90 78
Antje Klauss-Vorreiter
0049 176 219 11 83
Bernhard Weyres-Borchert
0049 0 4381 41 91 37


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01/01/2007 to 31/12/2009
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