L³EAP’s training workshop delivers its promises

The workshop for energy consultants and SMEs held at the University of the South Pacific on 5 November was applauded for its relevance by more than 40 representatives from both the private and public sectors that attended this event. The participants, some of who had made their way from the Western Division, comprised Small-to-Medium enterprises (SMEs), NGOs and university staff in addition to private individuals with an interest in starting their own businesses in the energy industry.

Participants at close of workshopParticipants at close of workshop

During his opening address, Acting Dean Associate Professor Sushil Kumar commented that the workshop was “designed to meet the (training) needs of the region that had previously gone un-noticed”. This was to meet the challenge of training energy practitioners who can lead the sustainable development of renewable energy in the region.

Workshop organizer Dr. Anirudh Singh pointed out that the aim of this one-day workshop was to fill an important knowledge and skills gap in the energy sector by introducing prospective energy consultants to the basics of making successful energy project applications, and budding energy sector SMEs to the processes involved in making successful bids for energy tenders.

The four speakers who spoke on the key issue of procurement for the energy industry were Thomas Jensen of UNDP, Andrew Daka of the Pacific Power Association (PPA), Stephen Taylor from the FEA and Tushar Keshav from Clay Engineering. Participants learnt that there were three types of procurement (goods, civil works and services) and prospective Pacific Islands consultants were iven helpful hints about how to make a start in their endeavour to become energy consultants. It was also revealed that FEA had an internal procurement policy that comprised of strict guidelines and high ethical standards.

Tushar Keshav of Clay Engineering spoke specifically about procurement for commercial solar projects in Fiji. He revealed that the methods of procuring solar power systems from Clay Engineering included lease financing, power purchase agreement and systems outright purchase. The response from the participants was overwhelmingly positive, and there was a call for a follow-up workshop.,There was a strong suggestion that a workshop on Energy Project Management would be a suitable sequel.


All presentations available here:

RE Development in the PICs Drivers and Opportunities

Atul Raturi

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Procuring and Bidding for Consultancies - Perspectives from a Procuring Agency

Thomas Lynge Jensen, Energy Programme Specialist Centre (PC)

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FEA's Procuring and Bidding for Energy Projects

Stephen Taylor

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Commercial Solar Projects - Fiji

Tushar Keshav, Clay Energy Fiji

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Project L³EAP – Progress and Achievements

Anirudh Singh and Shirleen Swapna, USP, Suva, Fiji

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Procuring and Bidding for Energy Projects and Services: A Regional Agency’s Perspective

Andrew Daka, Pacific Power Association, Suva, Fiji

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