The first International Renewable Energy Symposium (IRES) took place in Windhoek from 29-30 October 2015 at the Nampower Convention Centre, spearheaded by the Namibia Energy Institute (NEI) of the Polytechnic of Namibia. The symposium with the theme “Renewable Energy for Economic Prosperity” saw international delegates come together to participate in this high-level gathering. The symposium provided insights into new areas of research and progress in renewable energy project implementation in Namibia, the SADC Region, Sub-Saharan Africa and iniatives from across the world. The Organising Committee lined-up a rich technical programme that included high level plenary discussions, key note addresses from renowned experts in the renewable energy sector, presentations of technical papers, a field tour and numerous opportunities for networking.

The main drive of the IRES was to provide a platform for exchange of ideas towards 100% access to energy in Sub-Saharan Africa, and particularly in Namibia. This reflects Namibia’s intention to further strive for technological, economic and social improvements while making the benefits of renewable energy available for all citizens.

The symposium sessions addressed a diversity of topics including increasing energy access worldwide, renewable energy resource availability, technologies, and the environment, energy economics and financing of renewable energy technology, training and capacity building for renewable energy, as well as the policy environment for improved sustainable energy access.

The Environmental Awareness and Climate Change Project was one of many sponsors of the two day symposium.