My two weeks at the SEC not only allowed me to understand the general concept of the RE project but also gave me an insight into the more technical areas which helped broaden my perspective of it.
The GOS-UNDP-GEF Resource Efficiency (RE) project aims towards building a more sustainable future for Seychelles by increasing resource efficient technologies and practices. It is transforming and strengthening the market of resource efficient products and services.
After a door to door survey last year which was based on collecting information about various households’ energy consumption, the project could move on to its second stage which is where it is currently at. This part of the project requires data to be collected first hand by the SEC, from 50 chosen houses, using special devices. At the end of the year long stage the data can be compared with the results from stage one and can be used to evaluate future progress.
I was made familiar with the devices as I would encounter them on my visit that afternoon and I was even taught how to use the program so that I could retrieve the data myself. Unfortunately even such organised projects do not come without setbacks and we did experience a slight problem on site as the program failed to present data but thanks to Mr Denis the issue was resolved and we could get back to work. By the end of the day I definitely had a better perspective of the project.
On the second day of my internship, Tuesday 6th, I was fortunate enough to attend a workshop at Savoy on the SEEREP loan and Energy Efficient lending (I suggest everyone take a look at). This opportunity enabled me to acquire an even greater perspective of the RE project as a whole. The presentation was well organised and provided lots of description and details covering important points such as barriers which may affect the project’s progress and solutions to overcome them. There was even a part of the presentation dedicated to the identification of valid technologies for the loan. Others parts of the workshop talked about the market segments, market potential and how banks and clients can overcome financial risks followed by practical examples and case studies. Although it was mainly aimed at banks I found great interest in what was being presented. The full day workshop was an exciting experience for me and I would like to thank Mr Tony for the opportunity.