SPOTLIGHT: Moeketsi Mpholo is a 45 year old Electronics Engineering Senior Lecturer at the National University of Lesotho. Based in Maseru, he has been acting as the local coordinator for NUL and has taken an active part in the activities implemented by the project.
The PEESA Project and its relevance?
SASEI formulates the establishment of a regional sustainable energy initiative in order to improve the ability of the Southern African region to effectively co-ordinate and manage sustainable energy sources through developing appropriate technology implementation measures. The project is also aiming to develop a joint post graduate programme/training in sustainable energy studies to enhance training in energy efficiency and renewable energy.
How did you become involved?
The project provides Training of Trainers on developing capacity in the Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) at institutions and vocational centres for national and regional planning, development and implementation of sustainable energy systems and projects. The project shows the benefits of sustainable energy systems and projects concerning energy supply, poverty alleviation, job creation and the protection of the natural environment which are all benefits to our country.
The PEESA Project and your role?
The training of trainer workshop I attended during four days was a very informative workshop; I got to know more about Renewable Energy and Resource assessment, since I'm coming from the field of Electronics Engineering. The courses that were presented were very clear and well structured. I can now explain to someone about the difference between Renewable Energy and Non Renewable Energy and different types of sources of the two.
What advantages does working with international partners bring?
At a more global level, the Academics and Researchers will benefit from data collections, data analysis and data interpretation/ dissemination on institutional capacity development on Energy technologies, applications and policies. The data that are being analysed by the academics and researchers helps the decision makers to support policies, tools and knowledge transfer on systemic capacity development.
What are your expectations from the results?
In the long term the aim is to enhance capacity for national and regional planning, development and implementation of sustainable energy systems and projects. The Project is supporting institutions to establish institutional structures which will offer expert advice, training and technical support to the local industry and politicians. Research and development are also part of the competence centres. I foresee huge benefits from this project be it energy supply, job creation, poverty alleviation and protection of the natural environment.
Have you identified any impact to date?
Developing capacity building in partner institutions through Training of Trainers programmes, reviewing of energy situation in the partner institutions, staff exchange among partner institutions, develop training programmes and revise the existing programmes in order to enhance sustainable energy studies will help the country to build capacity and strengthen manpower skills in the field of sustainable energy.