MED-DESIRE launching event in Bari
On March 31 Puglia Region and ARTI organized the International Conference “A solar future in the Mediterranean”, for presenting to a wide audience the MED-DESIRE project. The event provided the opportunity for companies, technicians, researchers, institutions and associations to discuss about the national and international energy policies, the project goals, the business opportunities for solar technologies in the Mediterranean Sea Basin, but also to exchange information on experiences of cooperation and good practices in the solar energy sector.
According to the Puglia Region Minister for Economic Development Loredana Capone, «MED-DESIRE is an intelligent platform for solar issues we have to build starting both from the strengths of all the partners countries involved - especially Puglia Region because of the considerable investments on renewable energy - and from the problems that emerged from the experiences already made». Puglia, in fact, «has acquired a strong experience in the field of renewable energy, said ARTI President, Eva Milella. This knowledge can turn into a great opportunity to concentrate both public and private efforts and investments in research and innovation on the production and improvement of technologies, but also on the related environmental problems».
On the MPC partners side, LCEC director Pierre El Khoury explained that «Arab countries lag the world in the renewable energy sector, despite having superior resources for solar power and, in some regions, wind. The supporting policies in most Arab countries are still absent or ineffective and less than half of them provide policy instruments ensuring long term power purchase agreements to private developers». However, almost all countries have adopted long term technology-specific renewable energy targets, more than half have established dedicated agencies to promote renewable and some governments have made proactive policy choices and attracted interest from external participants.
«The role of the EU – continued El Khoury - ensures that both shores of the Mediterranean can interact and develop a better future. The platform that the MED‐DESIRE project is offering could be an excellent tool to promote and develop smart energy policies in our countries. MED-DESIRE can have a great impact in the transfer of know‐how among the different participating countries».