Energie Zukunft Schweiz is a federation of six Swiss electricity utilities. Energie Zukunft Schweiz has in-depth and applied knowledge on the development, planning and building of innovative power plants. Energie Zukunft Schweiz has contributed both financially and technically to the elaboration of the REACH MENA concept design. It has further committed to support IDE-E’s efforts in building the capacity of local stakeholders to promote and provide enabling conditions for RE development in North Africa.
Contact: Aeneas Wanner (Managing Director),
The Good Energies Chair is part of the Institute for Economy and the Environment (IWOe-HSG) at the University of St. Gallen (HSG), Switzerland. The Good Energies Chair, created in 2009, is the first Chair of Europe’s leading business schools explicitly focused on renewable energy. Its purpose is to support entrepreneurs, academics and policy decision-makers in promoting renewable energy as part of business, research and political process development, to reach renewable energy and emissions targets. The Chair has been working in close collaboration with the IEA’s Global Renewable Energy Markets and Policies Program (GREMPP), focusing on policy and market conditions that drive the dissemination of RETs. Drawing from its technical experience and networks, the IWO has worked with IDE-E’s towards the implementation of REACH MENA and committed to provide technical expertise for knowledge generation and capacity-building.
Contact: Dr. Rolf Wüstenhagen,
The Renewables Academy AG (RENAC) based in Berlin, specialises in the conveyance of experience and knowledge on the production, planning and engineering of renewable energy technologies, their financing, marketing and sales, and the opening up of international markets for renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. RENAC training is demand-oriented. Prospective clients include companies in the renewable energy industry, decision-makers in policy-making and administration and students. RENAC has worked with IDE-E to build the capacity of key stakeholders in North Africa (e.g. Study Tour in 2011 on solar and wind technology for public and private sector representatives of the Moroccan energy market).
Contact: Berthold Breid (CEO),
Morocco’s Agency for the Development of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ADEREE) is the national agency for renewable energy and energy efficiency deployment, applied research and development, energy standard-setting, capacity-building and market development. ADEREE is IDE-E’s institutional partner in Morocco. The Agency has supported the development of a Renewable Energy Country Assessment and collaborated with IDE-E to support and implement a territorial (sub-national) approach to renewable energy and energy efficiency development, focusing on Morocco’s 16 regions. This includes: strategic assessments, building the capacity of local authorities, and providing an enabling national and sub-national policy framework for impact-oriented planning, implementation and evaluation.
Contact: Sonja Mezzour (Secretary General),
The Laboratory for New and Renewable Energy Development in Arid and Saharan Zones (LENREZA) at the University Kasdi Merbah Ouargla, Algeria, is a research and development oriented laboratory aimed to develop innovative solutions to provide Algeria’s arid desert areas with energy. Through experimentation, calculations and numeric simulations, the laboratory has provided substantial contribution to the field of applied research for renewable energy in general, and to the development of locally adapted technical solutions for power generation, storing, etc. in particular. The LENREZA has committed to support the process of REACH MENA in Algeria. As part of the Algerian Centre for Renewable Energy Development (CDER), the LENREZA is further going to engage with IDE-E’s coordination team and the Good Energies Chair to support analysis, curriculum development and capacity-building.
Contact: Dr. Aomar BOUKRAA (Executive Director),
The German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) aims to assist Morocco in improving the legal, institutional and technical instruments and capacities to enable greater use of renewable energy and raise energy efficiency. GIZ pursues an integrated concept that combines policy advisory services, sectoral and technical support and institutional promotion and includes knowledge transfer and networking of applied research on renewable energy and energy efficiency. As a partner of ADEREE, GIZ Morocco has supported IDE-E’s efforts regarding Morocco’s Territorial Approach to Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Development. GIZ has further supported cooperation in applied research regarding Morocco’s solar plan and stated an interest in supporting a public policy approach (as envisioned by REACH MENA) to explore “the socio-economic benefits” of large-scale solar development.
Contact: Dieter Uh (Director of the RE Sources and EE for Sustainable Development in Morocco Program),
The UNDP Morocco ’s mission consists in (a) providing the Moroccan government with analysis and solutions adapted to the development challenges of the country; (b) coordinating and mobilising national and international partnerships, in support of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The UNDP focus areas are: poverty reduction; environment and energy; and governance and human development. The UNDP Morocco Country Office has worked with IDE-E to strengthen the capacity of national and local stakeholders to implement a territorial approach to Climate Change Mitigation in Morocco and other Arab states. In Morocco, UNDP is planning to explore the opportunities associated with the Ouarzazate 500MW solar plant, considering the development of a Green City. Similarly, the UN office plans to work hand in hand with ADEREE and IDE-E to explore ways for Morocco’s regions to maximise their socio-economic benefits from large-scale renewable energy development.
Contact: El Kebir Allaoui (Director of the Environment and Sustainable Development Unit),
Development Alternatives Inc. (DAI) is an international consulting firm based in Washington, DC, whose mission is “to make a lasting difference in the world by helping developing nations become more prosperous, fairer and more just, cleaner, safer, healthier, more stable, more efficient, and better governed”. DAI’s environmental services team ensures that effective natural resource management is integrated into all DAI projects, so economic competitiveness is achieved in a sustainable way that respects the environment and the livelihoods that depend on it. Through innovations in forestry, watershed resource management, sustainable tourism development, water supply and sanitation, financing and business development, and local governance reform, DAI helps improve the welfare of communities worldwide. DAI has partnered with IDE-E towards the development of a strategy for pro-poor low emissions growth in developing economies.
Contact: Lara Goldmark,
The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) was founded on September 21st, 1551 under the name Royal and Pontifical University of Mexico. It is the largest and most important university in Mexico one of the foremost research institutions in the Americas. The fundamental aim of the UNAM is to serve both the country and humanity, train professionals, organise and carry out research, mainly on national problems and conditions, and offer cultural benefits in the broadest sense possible. Within the framework of its institutional partnership with the UNAM, IDE-E has established a technical collaboration agreement with the University’s Centre for Energy Investigation (UNAM-CIE), Mexico’s principle centre for renewable energy research, closely collaborating with public, private and civil sectors.
Contact: Dr. Jorge Islas Samperio,