|Caribbean renewable energy website providing critical information|
|Published on Monday, April 27, 2009|
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Chairman of the Scientific Research Council (SRC), James Moss-Solomon, has disclosed that the Caribbean Information Platform on Renewable Energy (CIPORE) has received over 100, 000 hits since it was enabled at the beginning of April.
The website, located at www.cipore.org, was officially launched April 24, at the Scientific Research Council, on Hope Road, Kingston.
CIPORE is the information and communication system for the exchange of renewable energy information for the region. Information on the website is available in the four major languages of the Caribbean; French, Spanish, English and Dutch.
However, Moss-Solomon said CIPORE is more than a website. "I like to think of it as a developmental tool, because it is providing more than just specific information, it is giving you a broader view across the region as to what is really happening," he pointed out.
The platform includes an information centre with articles and speeches on renewable energy, a projects database, legislation, statistics, and energy calculator. There is also a communications centre, which features a directory, forums, chat rooms and access to host live meetings with up to 20 persons online from anywhere in the world. Other features are: a demonstration centre; country pages for each participating territory; and a news section devoted to Renewable Energy developments in the region.
Uploading of information to CIPORE will be done from the National Focal Points (NFPs) in the 13 participating territories.
Programme Manager for the CARICOM Secretariat's Energy Unit, Joseph Williams noted that CIPORE is an important tool that could be used to harmonise energy initiatives across the region. "The entrance of the CIPORE will necessarily mark the exit of ignorance as far as renewable energy is concerned," he added.
Williams also noted that potential investors and entrepreneurs could use the website as a tool for improving their businesses. CIPORE emerged out of a Memorandum of Understanding between the SRC and CARICOM, which was signed on September 26, 2008. The Caribbean Energy Information System,which is headquartered at the SRC, won the consultancy to develop the platform, which was also funded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).