Rural electrification rises to the agenda at SAIREC

Cape Town, 6 October 2015 - The sixth in a series of International Renewable Energy Conferences (IRECs) and attracting 3,600 delegates from 82 countries, the South African International Renewable Energy Conference (SAIREC) came to a close today.  READ MORE

Clean Energy Mini-Grids recognised in G20 Energy Access Action Plan

Brussels, 5 October 2015 - The Energy Access Action Plan delivered by the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative (SEforAll) to the G20 Energy Sustainability Working Group was adopted on October 2 in Istanbul at the G20 Energy Ministers meeting. In particular, it lends its support to collaborative efforts such as those of the SEforAll Clean Energy Mini-Grids High Impact Opportunity (HIO) including the Africa-focused Green Mini-Grid Market Development Program. READ MORE

New Mapping Tool highlights Financial, Technical and Other Support for Clean Energy Mini-grids

New York, 19 May 2015 - In the framework of the 2nd UN SEforAll Forum, the Clean Energy Mini-Grids High Impact Opportunity (HIO) working group presented its first edition of a mapping tool covering clean energy mini-grid support providers. Available as a written publication and online, this mapping tool provides an ideal resource for potential project developers. The session on mini-grids moderated by Richenda van Leuven (UNF) faced a lot of interest from the attendees. With an increase in registration from 1,500 in 2014 to 2,500 this year at the 2 nd UN SEforAll Forum, universal access to clean energies is gaining more and more attention worldwide. READ MORE

Latest SEforALL Initiative to encompass Bioenergy

New York, 19 May 2015 - The Sustainable Bioenergy High-Impact Opportunity (HIO) was launched today at the 2nd UN SE4All Forum to facilitate the development and deployment of sustainable bioenergy solutions.  READ MORE

Forging public-private partnerships on energy access

Madrid, 5 March 2015 - 150 energy access stakeholders from the public and private sector, as well as from civil society, gathered at the Ministerio de Economia y Competitividad to discuss opportunities in rural electrification markets in a one-day unique business matchmaking workshop. The Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE), in cooperation with ICEX Spain Trade and Investment, organised the workshop to further advance cooperation between the public, private and finance sector. This platform, organised by ARE on a regular basis, assists off-grid market professionals and newcomers to learn about upcoming initiatives and projects in the pipeline as well as to create new business opportunities in the sector. READ MORE

International stakeholders in the energy sector convene to identify opportunities for partnership, policy and business in renewable energy and rural electrification in Kenya

Nairobi, 28 November 2014 - The EU Energy Initiative Partnership Dialogue Facility (EUEI PDF) with partners Practical Action Eastern Africa (PA) and the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) today convened a Dialogue Forum to identify partnership, policy and business opportunities in sustainable energy in Kenya. READ MORE

530 million Sub-Saharan people, primarily in rural communities, to remain without energy access in 2040

Brussels, 16 October 2014 – The Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) welcomes the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) choice for Sub-Saharan Africa as the topic for its World Energy Outlook Special Report. This region has the highest needs for access to energy and energy services in the world. READ MORE

The Alliance welcomes the European Commission’s latest initiative to set aside new funds for rural electrification

Brussels, 29-30 September 2014 – As a leader in the global drive to support universal access to modern sustainable energy services, the European Commission launched a profound examination of a new financial instrument with a particular focus on rural electrification. The new Electrification Financing Initiative (ElectriFI) aims to accelerate sustainable access to clean rural energy in developing countries by boosting the private sector to yield business opportunities and takes into account a number of points relevant for the industry. READ MORE