"Development of Higher Education Teaching Modules on the Socio-Economic Impacts of the Renewable Energy Implementation"
DESIRE, is an ERASMUS+ PROGRAMME Project Number: 561638-EPP-1-2015-1-JO-EPP KA2-CBHE-JP, approved by the European Commission under grant agreement number 2012-3324/001-001. This project has been funded from the european commission
The increasing demand for energy in the MENA region in addition to the lack of indigos energy resources or the willingness to preserve hydrocarbon resources clearly address the need to further develop the use of renewable energies for electricity production in this area. Fully aware of this, the European Union is aiming at promoting initiatives to support the implementation of renewable energy technologies within the Mediterranean basin. DESERTEC and Mediterranean Solar Plan (MSP) are some examples of these initiatives. However, the high cost of renewable energy technologies, the lack of knowledge, and the lack of benchmark projects have reduced the deployment of such projects. In many cases, and in particular, in countries like Jordan, Egypt and Syria, the lack of capital investments and the lack of integrated vision and precise information about socio economic effects of RE systems did not encourage decision makers to take solid actions in what direction to move. Even within the renewable energy technologies, the lack of the socio economic studies about each technology affected the directions of decision makers.