Georgia: $4m grant to improve renewable energy workforce

Georgia and Norway signed a memorandum of cooperation on renewable energy.

Norway has announced $4 million in grant to help Georgia to improve its renewable energy workforce in addition to developing a framework to expand its clean energy portfolio.

The grant will be used over the next four years.

The grant will fund initiatives developed by the Georgian ministries of Economy and Sustainable Development, Environment Protection and Agriculture and the International Department of the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy, in partnership with the Technical University of Georgia.

The initiatives will include students from the Technical University of Georgia studying master’s programmes on hydro engineering and other renewable energy programmes at the Technical University of Trondheim, Norway.

The first batch of students is expected to travel to Norway before year end.

Five short term courses on renewable energy will be conducted for government workers in the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development, LEPL National Environment Agency and the JSC Georgian State Electrosyste.

Giorgi Chikovani, said: “…The financial support and experience of the Norwegian Kingdom helps us to successfully accomplish the tasks we face in the EU’s energy family.

“…The largest energy projects in Georgia – the Adjaristskali HPP and the Namakhvani HPP – are being implemented under the Norwegian investments. These projects play an important role in strengthening our country’s energy security…”