The ARE Annual Report 2019 highlights the work that ARE and its Members have done in Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America/Caribbean last year.
Given the increasing worldwide interest and understanding on how the actual clean energy access needs in low- and medium income countries can be tackled through international development cooperation with industry and finance sector involvement, ARE trusts that the sector perspectives for off-grid energy solutions and services are positive and will improve year to year.
In the face of future world population growth and increasing clean energy needs in ARE target regions, the key recommendations from the 5th Energy Access Investment Forum in March 2019 offer guidance on how to tackle the following most important challenges for the off-grid industry.
In particular, as a result of new strategic partnerships with ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE), EUD Togo, GET.invest, GIZ Togo, Swedfund and UNIDO and thanks to the policy and consultancy advice given to the Africa-EU High-Level Platform for Sustainable Energy Investments in Africa (SEI Platform), African Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, DG DEVCO, IEA, Intersolar, IRENA, Mini-Grid Partnership, REN21, SEforALL and the World Bank, ARE has been able to position off-grid solutions as equally important to those provided by the grid.
With the objective to activate markets on a global and regional level, ARE organised five events mobilising 1,250 key clean energy access stakeholders and practitioners, for B2B, B2G and B2F exchanges, in low- and medium-income countries. ARE also facilitated more than 600 B2B Matchmaking meetings in 2019
As an industry leader and in face of individual market players failing in 2019, ARE launched a campaign to re-build trust amongst development partners and financiers working in the off-grid sector. 2019 also marked a year where ARE addressed new topics such as private sector driven business models for clean energy mini-grids (CEMG) in South and Southeast Asia and digitalisation & solar in emerging markets.
2020-04-27 -Annual Report 2019_Final.pdf