Sahara Wind observer at the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) second session of the Preparatory Commission in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.

IRENA which was officially established in Bonn on January 26 2009, comprises more then 136 Member countries. During the event, the Signatories designated Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, as the interim headquarters.

At the same time it was decided that Bonn will host IRENA’s centre of technology and innovation and that in Vienna the Agency’s liaison office for cooperation with other organisations active in the field of renewables will be established. This reflects the spirit of cooperation that is needed for IRENA to grow into a strong and effective organisation. 

The Preparatory Commission also designated Ms. Hélène Pelosse as the first head of the emerging Agency during its second session in Sharm El Sheikh on 29 June 2009.

Four candidates with outstanding profiles and strong backgrounds in the field of renewable energy were nominated by the Member States for the position. After a close and fair election, the French candidate Ms. Hélène Pelosse was appointed by the Signatories as the first Interim Director-General of IRENA.

Ms. Pelosse managed the French negotiations for the EU’s Climate and Energy package, focusing in particular on the Renewable Energy Directive, and was responsible for designing the Renewable Energy Plan for France. Her unique expertise provides IRENA with the ideal conditions to continue its promising start and to make IRENA a driving force for a new global energy paradigm that suits the needs of the 21st century.

As an observer company from the private sector invited to attend the sessions, Sahara Wind inc. welcomes these developments that are likely to provide additional impulses in supporting the deployment of renewable energy technologies and projects throughout the developing world.

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