OLADE, UNEP Promote Solar Energy in LAC

8 April 2011: The Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE) has partnered with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) to help the latter implement in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) its "Global Solar Water Heating Market Transformation and Strengthening Initiative," which is funded in part by the Global Environment Facility (GEF). 

The project's first phase has consisted in gathering and disseminating information about the current market situation and the institutional framework to promote solar panels in Argentina, Barbados, Brazil, Colombia, Nicaragua and Peru.

As part of this process, OLADE has organized two online courses offered through its CAPEV system to public and private officials, university professors and students, regarding such issues as supply and demand, solar collector technology, policies, incentives, laws, technical barriers, technical standards and certification, and economic and environmental assessment of thermal solar panels. The first course is offered in Spanish in April; the second will be conducted in English in May. [OLADE Press Release]