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Starting 1 July: New Online Academy Courses Focus on Technological Advancements in the Renewable Energy Sector 

Enhance your career development and choose from 17 one-month online courses, including two new courses. E-mobility: Implications for the Distribution Grid focuses on the electrification of the transport sector, which is among the fastest ways to achieve net zero emissions in that sector. Co-benefits from Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Renewable Energy covers different types of AI technologies and applications as well as the opportunities for utilising AI to generate climate co-benefits.

Online courses offer participants the flexibility to set their own schedules as they complete courses from any location. The dynamic learning experience includes theoretical content, self-tests, instructional videos, and an interactive course forum. At the end of a course, participants will receive a RENAC certificate.

Enrol now and start 1 July!

Raquel Cascales, Project Director, onlineacademy@renac.de

RENAC’s Green Energy Summer School (GESS) Includes PV Management and Introduction to Renewable Energy Courses 

This year’s GESS will run over two weeks, from 22 August to 2 September 2022. During the first week, individuals can participate in the foundational Introduction to Renewable Energy (RE) Technologies course. In the second week, they can take the Management and Economics of Photovoltaic (PV) Projects course.  

Courses will take place at the RENAC Training Centre in Berlin, and include in-person lectures, hands-on exercises, and a site visit. Participants will receive a certificate of attendance from RENAC.  

Enrol today and learn more about renewable energy and PV project management. The Early Bird discount is available until 3 July. Courses can be booked as a package or separately. We also offer discounts on group bookings and on multiple purchases.

Dr. Emilienne Tingwey, Project Director, tingwey@renac.de


MBA Renewables 2022: Back on Campus!

The on-campus time in Berlin has always been a highlight of the MBA Renewables programme. After two years of pandemic lockdowns, RENAC hosted the MBA Renewables on-campus time in Berlin this year. Over 25 students from around the world attended lectures and obtained hands-on experiences at the RENAC Training Centre, focusing on photovoltaics (PV), economics of PV systems, solar thermal energy, and wind energy.

This programme component is an outstanding opportunity for students to work with peers and to connect with experts, lecturers, and alumni. The on-campus time is part of the MBA elective, Practical Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency. As part of this elective, students also attend virtual live sessions in June and will finish the module with a written group assignment on decarbonising the energy sector.

MBA Renewables is a distance-learning master’s degree programme, jointly offered by the Berlin University of Applied Sciences and RENAC. 

Uta Zähringer, Academic Programmes Director, zaehringer@renac.de

Learn More About the Green Energy and Climate Finance M.Sc. Programme 

After a successful start in 2020, the Master of Science in Business Management with a specialisation in Green Energy and Climate Finance will welcome its third student cohort in October 2022. Together with the Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin (HWR)’s Berlin Professional School (BPS), RENAC developed this unique distance-learning M.Sc. programme.

It prepares students for specialist and management positions within financial institutions and companies. Modules cover green energy project finance modelling, due diligence, power purchasing agreements, and international corporate finance and investment.

Students can earn a master’s degree from HWR and a RENAC certificate for completing the FAA-accredited Green Energy Finance Specialist programme (28 ECTS points). For more information, please join the virtual info session on 30 June at 3 p.m. CEST. The deadline to apply to the programme is 15 July.

Volker Jaensch, Project Director, greenbanking@renac.de

Konrad Adenauer Foundation Scholarships Support Student Achievement 

Especialización en Energías Renovables is a one-year postgraduate programme designed for professionals interested in entering renewable energy markets (RE) in Latin America. It covers RE technologies, project development, financing, and management.

Current students are completing modules, assignments, and exams as well as attending virtual classroom sessions. As a final project, students will write and present scientific research papers.

Thanks to the support from Konrad Adenauer Foundation’s partial scholarships, granted through its Energy Security and Climate Change Programme in Latin America, many students are pursuing their professional goals and alumni have achieved their career objectives. This year’s spring post-programme survey showed that many alumni have made successful career transitions and some started their own businesses.

This Spanish-language programme is a partnership between EARTH University in Costa Rica and RENAC.

Uta Zähringer, Academic Programmes Director, zaehringer@renac.de


Become an Energy Transformation Expert with EnerTracks

Over 50 participants from 13 countries in Latin America are successfully completing the first module of EnerTracks in Spanish. There are a limited number of spots still available for the second module, Policies Supporting Energy Transformation, which begins 4 July and covers critical economic and political aspects of renewable energy.

Modules may be completed in consecutive order or they can be completed in nonsequential order. Participants can also decide how many modules they would like to complete in total. Participation in EnerTracks is free and includes training materials, exams, and virtual lectures from experts. Technical and organisational support is also available via email and on the interactive forum.

Applicants must be Spanish speakers involved in the energy sector. Learn more about EnerTracks in Spanish eligibility requirements and apply to participate by 27 June 2022

This project is part of IKI, supported by BMU.

Romhy Cubas, Project Manager, cubas@renac.de 

Upskilling of Solar Installers Includes PV Installation Training and Sharpening Entrepreneurial Skills 

Over 300 Suryamitras (solar installers) from across India completed the second phase of training as part of the iRISE (Indian Rooftop PV Installers Skilling and Employment) project. Participants took the 10-day, in-person training course at 15 different partner institutions, which were equipped with state-of-the-art training hardware.

The course focused on high-quality PV installations and on providing entrepreneurial opportunities for residential rooftop system installers. The objectives of the training align with India’s ambitious total installed capacity of rooftop PV goals. This second phase follows a successful first phase, which was completed by over 1,400 solar installers at 30 training partner institutions.

The iRISE project is funded by BMZ. RENAC and Skills Council for Green Jobs (SCGJ) are implementing the project on behalf of GIZ.

Lars Koerner, Project Director, koerner@renac.de

Successful Completion of the Green Banking for Recovery Online Training Programme in Burundi and Nigeria 

The programme started with engaging virtual kick-off workshops in December 2021. Over 130 participants from Burundi and Nigeria representing commercial banks, development finance institutions (DFIs), microfinance institutions (MFIs), and saving and credit cooperatives (SACCOs) then successfully completed the online training phase in April 2022, which included four modules and exams.

The programme supported stakeholders with the skills and knowledge necessary to develop robust renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency (EE) financing options. This helps to advance an effective financial response to COVID-19’s economic impact, enabling a swift and sustainable green recovery in the region.

It was implemented by RENAC in cooperation with GET.invest, (a European programme) supported by the European Union, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Austria.

Agnieszka Kedzierska, Project Director, kedzierska@renac.de

Stakeholders from Canada and Germany Share Their Expertise on Hydrogen 

In April, RENAC, together with the Canadian German Chamber of Industry and Commerce and adelphi, organised a virtual expert delegation tour on hydrogen for over 20 high-ranking professionals from Canada.

During the three-day event, German experts in policymaking, industry, and research shared their insights into the hydrogen landscape in Germany with Canadian stakeholders. The tour concluded with delegates looking forward to continuing discussions on areas of collaboration. This event took place within the framework of the German Canadian Energy Partnership.

RENAC is the lead partner for the organisation of expert delegation trips as part of a consortium that provides support to the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) in their endeavor to foster the energy and climate cooperation with Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States.

Cecilia Strandberg, Project Director, strandberg@renac.de 


Key Takeaways from EurObserv’ER Wind Energy and Photovoltaic Barometers  

The latest EurObserv'ER Wind Energy and Photovoltaic Barometers were recently released. The growth of the solar photovoltaic market continued in 2021, with the EurObserv’ER consortium's calculations concluding that a maximum net capacity of 22.3 GW was generated in the EU. This brings the total capacity generated to date to 158.4 GW.

In April, the Wind Energy Barometer was published. Although there were improvements made between 2020 and 2021, the pace of wind energy development is too slow to reach the EU's 2030 climate and energy framework targets. In order to reach the 2030 target of 40% of renewable energy in final energy consumption, the wind energy industry estimates that almost three times as much capacity needs to be installed each year.

EurObserv'ER Barometers are available to the public free of charge.

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