Training component

Strengthens institutional and individual capacities to support the development of the energy efficiency market in the Central American region.

2.1 Regional Activities

  • “1st Training Workshop for Trainers”. 34 people trained in the harmonization of concepts in energy efficiency, energy audits and standardization (23 teachers in the region, 9 representatives of institutions and 2 representatives of BUN-CA). Panama. March, 2007

  • 2nd training workshop for trainers. 30 people trained in energy saving in Lighting Systems (21 teachers from the region, 3 representatives from institutions and 6 representatives from BUN-CA). Costa Rica. December, 2007

  • “3rd training workshop for trainers”. 34 people trained in Energy Saving in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Systems (16 teachers in the region, 13 representatives of institutions and 5 representatives of BUN-CA). The Savior. July, 2008.

  • “Training for Engineering Firms”. Implemented the Training Program in 4 modules (Energy Diagnostics, Lighting, Electric Motors, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning and Business Plans), aimed at Engineering Firms and macro consuming companies of El Salvador and Costa Rica:
    • 24 participants in El Salvador 2007.
    • 23 participants in Costa Rica 2007.
    • 55 participants in Honduras 2008.
  • «Training for SME Consultants and Technicians» Implemented a training program on topics of Good Practices of Energy Efficiency, Air Conditioners, Commercial Refrigeration, Lighting Systems and Electric Motors in El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Costa Rica.

2.2 Specific activities at the country level

2.2.1 El Salvador

  • Strengthened the capacities of consultants and technicians of SMEs:
    • 23 Eco-consultants have been trained in the topics of Energy Efficiency, Air Conditioning and Renewable Energy in El Salvador and Guatemala. May-June, 2006.
    • Strengthened the technical team of the Export Fund (FOEX) on the issue of preparing energy diagnostics. June, 2007.
    • 26 consultants, consultants of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and engineering firms strengthened the technical capacities in the technologies of engines, refrigeration, lighting and air conditioners, together with the World Energy Council (WEC). August, 2007.
    • Continuous technical assistance to 9 SMEs, including 4 public sector facilities in El Salvador.

2.2.2 Nicaragua

  • Implemented a Training Program aimed at SME consultants:
    • I Workshop on «Energy Efficiency in the Small and Medium Industry of Nicaragua»: 15 people trained in EE, highlighting the identification of Energy Conservation Opportunities (OCE) in lighting technologies, air conditioning, refrigeration and electric motors. 6 SMEs have the DEN. June, 2007.
    • II Workshop on «Energy Efficiency in the Small and Medium Industry of Nicaragua»: 20 people trained in EE, emphasizing the identification of ECO in the refrigeration technology. 4 SMEs have the DEN. September, 2008.

  • Sensitized in the topic of Energy Efficiency 20 members of the Chamber of Industries of Nicaragua -CADIN- March 2007.

2.2.3 Costa Rica

  • “National Presentation of Standards Workshop BUN-CA / INTECO”, with the participation of 58 actors in local keys of the public and private sector, equipment suppliers. Costa Rica. July, 2008.

  • Direct technical assistance was provided to 23 SMEs in the hotel sector, where DENs have been carried out and opportunities for improvement have been identified in their electrical equipment and good practices for the efficient use of electric energy.

2.2.4 Panamá

  • 25 policy and standardization officers have strengthened their knowledge on the subject of standardization and labeling at the EE Meeting «Standardization Alternatives» in Panama given by the CONUEE of Mexico. June, 2008.

2.3 Portafolio de Proyectos


The training component includes the strengthening of a portfolio of projects of the Program, in which monitoring and follow-up of EE initiatives in macro-consumer companies and SMEs in the industrial and commercial sectors, including small hotels within the framework of the PEEST project, co-funded by the HIVOS Foundation.

The basic aspects that are monitored are: number of projects, the investment required for the implementation of the OCEs, energy savings, savings in energy demand, savings in dollars, and the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions.


Main Results Training Component

  • Strengthened the capacities of public officials of the Ministries of Energy and of the entities in charge of the standardization and labeling issue.
  • University teachers trained in the teaching of electrical, mechanical, chemical and electromechanical engineering in the Region through the «Training of Trainers in Energy Efficiency» Program.
  • Developed a portfolio of demonstration projects at the regional level.