The Initiative aims for 500 increase in power generation and 200 increase in heating by 2030.
Adnan Z Amin Director General International Renewable Energy Agency
A coalition of 38 countries and over 20 development and industry partners have joined forces to increase the share of geothermal energy in the global energy mix.
Launched at a high-level event at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP21), the Global Geothermal Alliance, an initiative facilitated by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) aspires to achieve a 500 per cent increase in global installed capacity for geothermal power generation and a 200 per cent increase in geothermal heating by 2030.
Director General of International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Adnan Z. Amin said geothermal has proven its potential to be part of both the global climate and energy action agenda.
He noted that while geothermal can provide power at some of the lowest costs for any power source, it remains under-developed.
The Global Geothermal Alliance according to Adnan Z. Amin will provide a platform for partners to share best practices, further reduce costs and get the most benefit out of this sustainable energy resource.
Nearly 90 countries including Uganda have potential for geothermal energy resource development; however, just 13 gigawatts of installed capacity exists worldwide.
Neighboring Kenya is leading the way in East Africa in terms of geothermal energy generation.
Geothermal energy is proven technology, the main obstacle for geothermal power investment and development has historically been the high upfront costs of surface geophysical studies and drilling to explore for geothermal resources but once a geothermal project is in operation, it can generate electricity at a low cost.
The Alliance will aim to overcome these barriers by mitigating risks, promoting technological cooperation, coordinating regional and national initiatives and facilitating geothermal energy investments into energy markets.