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PRESS RELEASE #3- Caribbean Information Platform on Renewable Energy (CIPORE) Official Launch

Kingston, Jamaica – April 23-24, 2009

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(L to R) Joseph Williams, Programme Manager, Energy Unit, CARICOM; Mona Whyte, Team Leader, Caribbean Energy Information System (CEIS); James Moss-Solomon, Chariman, Scientific Research Council (SRC); Dr. Audia Barnett, Executive Director, SRC; Danielle Evanson, Project Coordinator, UNDP Barbados and the OECS; and  Professor the Honourable Anthony Chen, OM, and Nobel Laureate of the University of the West Indies.


CIPORE, www.cipore.org, an information and communication system for the exchange of Renewable Energy information for the Caribbean was officially launched at the Scientific Research Council, Kingston, Jamaica  on Thursday, April 24, 2009.


The function was chaired by Mr. James Moss-Solomon, Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Scientific Research Council (SRC), Jamaica. In his remarks he commented that CIPORE in addition to being a website would be a development tool offering wider views on happenings in the Region in the area of Renewable Energy.


Dr. Audia Barnett, Executive Director of the SRC, brought greetings on behalf of the Council.


Mrs. Danielle Evanson of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Barbados in bringing greetings spoke of UNDP’s contribution overall to the Region through support for various projects and commended CARICOM, the Caribbean Renewable Energy Development Programme (CREDP) and the Caribbean Energy Information System (CEIS), for their foresight in making CIPORE a reality. She concluded that UNDP Barbados was very pleased with being given the opportunity to be part of a very important regional milestone.


Mr Joseph Williams, Programme Manager, Energy Unit, CARICOM Secretariat, Guyana also shared his thoughts on the Information Platform. He noted that CIPORE is an important tool that could be used to harmonise energy initiatives across the region. “The entrance of the CIPORE will necessarily mark the exit of ignorance as far as Renewable Energy is concerned,” he added.


Mr. Williams also noted that potential investors and entrepreneurs could use the Platform as a tool for improving their businesses.

 

Guest Speaker, Professor the Honourable Anthony Chen, OM, and Nobel Laureate of the University of the West Indies, was introduced by Mr. Hawthorne Watson, Manager, Information Services Division, SRC. In his address, Professor Chen, a distinguished physicist and climatologist spoke of Renewable Energy and the way forward in the region. Wind, solar- photovoltaic were to be areas of focus; with hydropower and geothermal energy being aggressively explored where available.

 

He noted that the coming into being of CIPORE was timely as the Platform should play a critical if not pivotal role in the development and enhancement of this very important energy sub-sector.

 

The highpoint of the evening was the actual Launch of the Platform. This was done by Professor Chen from a laptop with projection on to a large screen. The audience was then given a tour of the Platform by the CEIS Team where emphasis was placed on meeting the needs of a public constantly in search of energy information.

 

Mrs. Yvonne Barrett-Edwards, Director, Ministry of Energy & Mining/CIPORE Focal Point and workshop participant later moved the Vote of Thanks and exhorted participants to help the Platform come alive.

 

The major components of the Platform include:
•    An Information Centre with articles and speeches on renewable energy, a projects database, legislations, statistics and energy calculator.
•    A Communications Centre which features a directory, forums, chatrooms and access to host live meetings with up to 20 persons online from anywhere in the world. (Members of the audience were able to observe the ongoing launch proceedings live on the screen).
•    A Demonstration Centre also carries photo galleries, video galleries, media downloads and Virtual Tours of Renewable Energy sites across the Caribbean.
•    Every participating country also has its own Country Page which offers a RE Snapshot, news, events and projects in the particular country.
•    The News section is devoted to RE developments in the region for each participating territory.

 

Attendance at the launch drew a wide cross section of not only the Jamaican society but the region as well. This list included CARIMAC/ UWI-ICT Projects; CREDP-GTZ; Cubaenergia; Caribbean Development Bank (CDB); CARICOM Secretariat; several representatives from the Ministry of Energy & Mining in Jamaica; the Sugar Industry Research Institute; Wigton Wind Farm; members of the private sector such as Automatic Control Engineering (Jamaica), Lumitech International; members of the media including JNN; professors from the universities, Energy Officers, Economists; and associated members of the Caribbean Energy Information System (CEIS) network; staff from the Scientific Research Council among others.

 

The launch was preceded by a training workshop for CIPORE Focal Points held on the 23rd and 24th of April at the Scientific Research Council. UNDP Barbados also brought greetings at the workshop.

 

Over 100,000 hits have been recorded since the Platform was activated online at the beginning of April 2009.


Photographs from the launch and workshop are accessible online at www.cipore.org.

Contact
Caribbean Energy Information System
Scientific Research Council,
Hope Gardens,
Kingston,
Jamaica
ceis@src-jamaica.org
www.ceis-caribenergy.org
Tel: 876-927-1779
Fax: 876-927-1840

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