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RETScreen Training

RETScreen trainings in fifteen ECOWAS Countries

ECREEE is supporting national trainings on the RETScreen Clean Energy Project Analysis Software in all fifteen ECOWAS countries. The national trainings follow-up on the regional train-the-trainers workshop held by ECREEE from 22 to 26 August 2011 in Kumasi, Ghana.

The national trainings aim at strengthening the local capacities on financial structuring and appraisal of renewable energy and energy efficiency investment projects. The trainings target key stakeholders such as policy makers, banks, project developers, utilities, trainers and researchers. ECREEE RETScreen workshops have usually a length of five days and trained participants have the possibility to do an exam and certification in the use of RETScreen. So far the ECREEE network trained more than 120 stakeholders.

Become a RETScreen Trainer!

ECREEE aims at establishing a regional network of RETScreen trainers and institutions in the ECOWAS region. For interested and qualified trainers and experts the Centre offers trainings and the possibility to become a certified trainer. Interested energy experts should send a CV and motivation letter to:

Certified ECREEE trainers (including teaching languages):

  • Mr. Charles Diarra, Mali (English/French)
  • Mr. José Mestre, Portugal, IT Power (English/Portuguese)
  • Mr. Antunio Barbosa,  Universidade Cabo Verde, Mindelo (Portuguese)
  • Mr. David Ato Quansah, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana (English)
  • Mr. Emmanuel Yeboah Osei, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana (English)

RETScreen Training Calendar

  • Ghana, Accra, 5 to 9 March 2012
  • Cape Verde, Sao Vicente, Mindelo, 19 to 23 March 2012 (see brochure below)
  • Cape Verde, Santiago, Praia, 26 to 30 March 2012 (see brochure below)
  • Nigeria, 27 to 30 March 2012  
  • Mali, Bamako, 28 to 31 May 2012
  • Cote d Ivoire, 5 to 7 June 2012
  • Senegal, 11 to 14 June 2012
  • Gambia, 27 August to 31 August 2012
  • Guinea Bissau, end of 2012
  • Niger, 10 to 14 December 2012
  • Liberia, 17 to 20 December 2012

 Please write an e-mail to if you would like to participate in one of the trainings.

Guidelines and background material for participants

Participants are asked to bring their own laptops with the RETScreen Software preinstalled. The software supports English, French as well as Portuguese. The software can be freely downloaded from the RETScreen webiste at:

Some general background information on renewable energy and energy efficiency financing can be found below. We would appreciate if the participants could read the RETScreen Text Book in advance to the meeting. It is available in English or French at: Paricipants are encouraged to bring their own renewable energy case studies for further analysis in the training.

There is also the possibility to get an introduction by video webcast:

RETScreen video (2:02 minutes)
RETScreen - Introduction (33:23 minutes)
RETScreen - Energy Efficiency (27:16 minutes)
RETScreen - Heating / Cooling (69:53 minutes)
RETScreen - Power (53:04 minutes)
RETScreen - Combined Heat & Power (23:59 minutes)


National Trainings

RETScreen Worskshop, Mindelo, Cabo Verde.pdf

pdf, 910.4K, 03/14/12, 77 downloads

RETScreen Worskshop, Praia, Cabo Verde.pdf

pdf, 910.3K, 03/14/12, 67 downloads


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Regional RETScreen Training

ECREEE Aid Memoire GIS RETScreen EN.pdf

pdf, 634.9K, 08/10/11, 181 downloads

ECREEE Aid Memoire GIS RETScreen FR.pdf

pdf, 506.6K, 08/10/11, 152 downloads

Workshop Programme EN.pdf

pdf, 96.8K, 08/10/11, 144 downloads

Workshop Programme FR.pdf

pdf, 199.6K, 08/10/11, 128 downloads

Presentations and Background Papers

Presentation_RETScreen FR.pdf

pdf, 8.9M, 08/31/11, 57 downloads

Presentation_RETScreen EN.pdf

pdf, 2.1M, 08/31/11, 72 downloads

GIS-Based Energy Access Project.pdf

pdf, 2M, 08/31/11, 71 downloads

GIS-Based Energy Access_Implementation.pdf

pdf, 2.8M, 08/31/11, 59 downloads

Ghana Energy Needs Assessment.pdf

pdf, 884K, 08/31/11, 68 downloads

Ghana Energy Access Review.pdf

pdf, 1.2M, 08/31/11, 73 downloads

DeSOLaSOL PV Project Finance 2006.pdf

pdf, 573.4K, 10/01/10, 240 downloads

IFC Selling off-grid solar lessons learned.pdf

pdf, 2.8M, 10/01/10, 209 downloads

JRC Financial Scheme off-grid RE.pdf

pdf, 2.5M, 10/01/10, 174 downloads

UNEP Guide for Private RE Financing.pdf

pdf, 1.2M, 10/01/10, 189 downloads

UNIDO RE&EE Financing Options.pdf

pdf, 767.6K, 10/01/10, 268 downloads

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Call for Proposals


ECREEE has launched the following Calls for Proposal for development and execution of National Renewable Energy Action Plans and Policies;
elaboration of Baseline and Mid-Term Monitoring Reports for the ECREEE; and to Support the Development of the ECOWAS Initiative on Energy Efficiency in Buildings.



WACCA 1st regional stakeholders workshop

23-25 April 2013, Ouagadougu

ECREEE and its partners are organizing the first regional stakeholders workshop of the West African Clean Cooking Alliance (WACCA).



Request for Proposals

13 March, 2013

ECREEE in collaboration with its SEEA-WA partners is seeking for proposals to support the development of the ECOWAS Initiative on Energy Efficiency in Buildings.



ECREEE and GIZ explore new areas for cooperation

22 January 2013

ECREEE and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH met on the 22nd of January 2013 to discuss potential areas for collaboration in the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency, in the ECOWAS region.



RETScreen trainings in Liberia and Niger


The next RETScreen trainings are undertaken in Niger, from 10 to 14 December 2012 and in Liberia, from 17 to 20 December 2012