The Future of Renewable Energy in Central America || Nicaragua


On August 30, The Worldwatch Institute and the INCAE Business School’s Latin American Center for Competitiveness and Sustainable Development (CLACDS), with support from the Climate Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) and the Energy and Environment Partnership with Central America (EEP), hosted the workshop “The Way Forward for Renewable Energy in Central America” in Managua, Nicaragua.

Worldwatch talks to Sean Porter of Globeleq Mesoamerica Energy

This workshop took the form of a participative dialogue to promote the exchange of ideas and experiences between a select group of experts, industry delegates and government representatives of each Central American country. The workshop focused on the issue of access to energy through renewable sources in low-income communities.

During the workshop, initial findings of an ongoing Worldwatch-CLACDS Project were presented and discussed. The ultimate goal of this project, as well as this stakeholder consultation is the design of a technical, socio-economic and political roadmap defining concrete steps toward rapidly expanding the adoption of renewable energy technologies in Central America. 

Experts from a range of renewable energy professions presented best practice case studies and how to replicate such examples. Break-out groups or ‘action labs’ during the workshop discussed individual contributions. Involvement in the project will extend beyond the workshop itself through ongoing participation in the project’s future events as well as a moderated online forum, forming a community of experts committed to advance renewable energy in Central America.

For further information, please contact the project's manager, Adam Dolezal:

New: Workshop Photos


09:00 - 09:30 a.mCoffee and Registration
09:30 - 10:00 a.m.   
   Ingeniera Lorena Lanza, Vice Minister of Ministry of Energy and Mines,
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
11:00 - 13:00 p.m. 
Access to Energy Through Renewables in Low-Income Communities
Presentation, questions, and comments
   Juan Gutierrez, Empresa Cocinas MI FOGON
13:00 - 14:00 p.m.  Lunch        
14:00 - 15:30 p.m.
Renewable Energy Success Stories and Replicability
Presentation, questions, and comments
15:30 - 15:45 p.m.Coffee
15:45 - 16:45 p.m.
Break-Out Groups / Action Labs - Barriers and Facilitators for the Advancement of Renewable Energy in Central America
 4 break-out groups:
  • Capacity building, training and education
  • Political and regulatory barriers and facilitators 
  • Administrative barriers and facilitators 
  • Financial barriers and facilitators 
16:45 - 17:45 p.m.Summary of Break-Out Groups and Final Session
17:45 - 18:00 p.m.
Conclusions and Next Steps
Worldwatch,  CLACDS/INCAE
18:00 - 19:00 p.m.  Reception