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Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Finland is supporting renewable energy sources in Africa

”Finland operates as an intermediary in a regional project to support energy partnerships between various players,” says counsellor Katriina Koivisto, describing the three-year-long project launched this year in eight East African and Southern African countries. Katriina Koivisto works at the Embassy of Finland in Pretoria, South Africa. She is responsible for projects pertaining to the natural resources sector, with themes such as new energy partnerships, development of applications for renewable energy sources, and enhancement of national meteorological services.”The model for our energy partnership project comes from Central America, where a corresponding project has been going on for years. In addition to Southern and East Africa, the model will be tried out in the Mekong river region in South-East Asia and Indonesia. We are planning a similar project for the Andes in South America,” Koivisto says.”The purpose of the project is to support enterprises' and other players' proposals for development of applications for renewable energy sources. The proposals may relate to water power, solar or wind energy or, for example, using bio gas or developing bio fuels.”
We expect innovative proposals and prefer a fresh angle. We have raised awareness of the project in Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana and South Africa in the spring, and in the autumn we will continue to Zambia, Swaziland, Mozambique and Namibia.

Source: finland.fi

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