The voice of the off-grid industry



 

The Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) is a business association that represents the decentralised clean energy sector with members along the whole value chain. It was founded in 2006 to act as a solution provider in order to advance access to clean energy and energy services in developing and emerging countries. ARE aims to mobilise and unite all private sector players and partners who are passionate and committed to improve regional socio-economic development and quality of life of individuals with the provision of electricity.

From left: David Lecoque, Erika Gomez, Marcus Wiemann, Ling Ng, Jens Jaeger.

As the global hub for rural electrification practitioners, ARE aims to raise its members’ profile by promoting their renewable energy business solutions on the policy and B2B level in developing and emerging markets. As such, ARE has a working group dedicated to enhancing business development for its members coming from or active in Africa. The partnership between ARE and the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP), for example, is an engagement to improve policy and regulation frameworks for renewable off-grid electrification solutions in Africa.

The AEEP is a long-term framework for political dialogue and cooperation between Africa and the European Union. It aims to bring access to modern and sustainable energy services to at least an additional 100-million Africans by 2020.

To promote the transformation of the global economies towards the use of low carbon emission and clean energy, ARE helps to close existing communication and function gaps between the public and private sector, the grid and off-grid sector as well as between the fossil and renewable energy sector. The alliance strongly believes that with the appropriate mix of instruments and initiatives it is possible to mature and to commercialise rural electrification markets in the short term (see Productive Use of Renewable Energy in Africa publication). As a result, ARE focuses on four main axes: policy dialogue, private sector cooperation, capacity building, and finance access.

For interested parties, visit www.ruralelec.org to find out more about the next ARE event in Africa: “Talking business: Microfinance for decentralised renewables in Africa” as part of the African Finance Week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 13 October 2017.

Contact Ling Ng, Alliance for Rural Electrification, ng@ruralelec.org

 

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