Best Practice Manuals for Efficient Electrical Equipment

BUN-CA, as a result of the activities carry out by PEER, and in collaboration with other international agencies, continues to strengthen the information platform for energy efficiency in Central America by providing the series of EE Best Practice Manuals for:  Air Conditioners, Electric Motors, Lighting, and Commercial Refrigeration.

These manuals include a technical description, how the technology works and a number of best practices to be followed in order to achieve an efficient use of electricity. Digital copies can be downloaded at here.

This result was broaden thanks to the cofinancing of Fundecooperacion, making also possible to publish them in English and French.

Renewable Energy and Technology Fair

Last July, BUN-CA helped organize the Second Exhibition of Educational Technology and Renewable Energy at the Polytechnic Institute La Salle in Leon, Nicaragua.

The fair was aimed at further promoting the development of alternative energy and technological research and the efficient use of electricity in Nicaragua in order to foster the interest of students, SMEs, and suppliers of energy-efficient equipment and services. (See event brochure).

Training on Best Practices in EE for Hotels, El Salvador

Last July, BUN-CA conducted in San Salvador two training workshops for “Best Practices in the efficient use of electricity”, aimed at the small hotels participating in this project.

It was attended by 46 participants who shared their actual experience in the use of lighting equipment, refrigeration, air conditioners, dryers, and water heating devices, among others. The participants were able to raise questions about best practices for the efficient energy use and low cost opportunities for energy conservation.

Monitoring Visits

Following up on PEEST activities, monitoring visits were carried out last July to the participating hotels in El Salvador, in order to track the implementation of energy conservation opportunities identified during their energy assessments.

These technical visits sought to account for investments made and savings achieved in electricity consumption, where actions have been taken mainly in the substitution of efficient lighting, air conditioners and heating of water with solar-thermal panels. Similar visits will be also carried out in the upcoming weeks in the hotels of Nicaragua and Costa Rica.

Technical Workshops on Monitoring of Electrical Billing y Maintenance in Small Hotels

BUN-CA and AMITUFOR, under the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Program in Benin, Bhutan and Costa Rica, funded through Fundecooperación under the Program for South-South cooperation and financed by the Government of the Netherlands, conducted last July 1st-2nd, the technical workshops “Monitoring of the Electrical Billing” and “Maintenance for Small Hotels” in La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica.

The workshops highlighted the importance of bringing in a simple way, how to read the electricity bill, link this monthly charge to the occupancy rate, in order to generate impact indicators on the efficient use of electricity, as well as to continue strengthening best practices in the maintenance of equipment.

Barriers to Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

BUN-CA elaborated under the projects framework, the document: Comparative Analysis of Barriers for Small-scale Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in Benin, Bhutan and Costa Rica.

The aim of this analysis is to highlight the opportunities and barriers to use small-scale sustainable energy and energy efficiency that share these three countries and to propose institutional mechanisms for their removal. (See publication).

Under the South-South Cooperation Agreement funded by the Kingdom of the Netherlands and managed by Fundecooperación

Renewable energy requires incentives

To promote renewable energy through a more proactive public policy will encourage more sustainable electricity production. (See publication).

Energy Efficiency and Access Forum

BUN-CA would like to inform about the “Energy Efficiency and Access Forum” organized by  The Secretariat of Energy of Mexico, the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank, and with the support of the World Economic Forum, which have joined efforts to organize an international gathering, aimed at sharing experiences and best practices on energy efficiency and access. (Communique and agenda).