The nearest Metro Manila skyline to IOREC 2014. There are many—Manila’s actually 18 cities. Image Credit: CleanTechnica/Sandy Dechert
The two-day International Off-Grid Renewable Energy Conference* last week in Manila provided delegates insights into the current status of energy access in the region. At IOREC 2014, participants also discussed key barriers to deploying off-grid and minigrid renewable energy and shared best practices about design and implementation of enabling policies.
The Asian Development Bank, Manila, Philippines (offices directly above), sponsored and hosted the 2014 IOREC Asia conference, attended by hundreds of stakeholders with different perspectives. The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and Alliance for Rural Electrification cosponsored.
The Asia Clean Energy Forum, a major regional gathering of key players in the clean energy sector, was held at the ADB immediately after IOREC 2014.
On the right is Kimbowa S. Emmy, CEO and Chairman of Uganda’s Energy Systems Ltd. in Kampala. We met over some gobbled sandwiches. Unfortunately, my pixels failed to catch his fantastic ear-to-ear smile.
Next is a fivesome from Korea, not in order: An Snn Guan and Deok-Su Hyun of Sebang Global Battery; Kim Yu-Tack, leader of the Korea Battery Industry Organization’s industry support team; Dr. Do-Yang Jung, university professor and VP of PNE Solution; and Rimtaig Lee, PhD/PE, chair of the Korea Wind Energy Industry Association.
We had all run out of business cards by then, but the following two IOREC 2014 conferees shared a few great laughs along with grid-free and minigrid ideas on the final break.
Greetings also to other conference friends: Brad Barkey, who shared the long flight from Vancouver with me and also drinks with IRENA’s Dolf Gielen, Director of the Innovation and Technology Center in Bonn; Kosimbei George, Coordinator of Kenyatta University’s Chandaria Business Innovation and Incubation Centre; wind expert Peter Castro of the Phil’s Coastal Renewable Energy Technology Center; Carina Llagas, engineer and secretary of the Palawan Construction Assoc.; Eunjoo Park-Minc from Makati City’s Banco de Oro; Jelena Savic, IRENA’s events coordinator (whose photo came out blurry, to this writer’s chagrin) from Abu Dhabi; and Edwin Pambid, who took me to Batangas and Tagaytay. And many thanks again to IRENA, which made my journey possible.
Those who managed to reserve a little extra time in Manila may have seen this spectacular view of a tiny part of the Philippine archipelago looking south from the ridgetop town of Tagaytay, about 34 miles north of Manila. The lake itself is a volcanic crater, and the country’s most seismically active volcano, Taal, is on the closest island. A tilapia farm graces the near shoreline. In the distance are Balayan Bay and Batangas Bay, both in the South China Sea. (Photo: CleanTechnica/Sandy Dechert and Edwin Pambid.)
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*Full Disclosure: My flight to and accommodation at IOREC was covered by IRENA.
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