What our Members say

"Get your impact/contribution in rural electrification internationally recognised by participating in the ARE Awards. ARE recognition will definitely improve our image and contribute to getting more partners to increase our rural electrification footprint."

Prosper Magali
Director of Projects and Business
Ensol Limited

"The Alliance has proved to be a helpful partner to help us access funding through OFID to enable us to electrify hundreds of homes and small businesses in remote areas of rural India."

Rebecca Symington
Executive Director
Mlinda Charitable Trust

"The Alliance for Rural Electrification has indeed been very instrumental for not only setting the platform to be able to interact with other companies active in the renewable energy industry, but also for putting us in touch. ARE has enabled our company to access the appropriate information through the best available channels in order to understand our industry better."

Alex Hofmeyr
Sales Manager – MEA
Studer Innotec

"I consider ARE to be a hub that concentrates knowledge and access to main actors working in the sector. This is definitely an asset for young professionals like me that are looking forward to getting familiar with rural electrification strategies and worldwide initiatives."

Indira Palpa
Intern (February – April 2017)
Alliance for Rural Electrification

"While at ARE,  I was able to make lasting relationships with ARE staff and some of ARE members with an interest in India. I was responsible for facilitating technology transfer of decentralised energy generation technologies and identifying options for private sector engagement in enhancing energy access in India. The energy and passion of ARE staff and members for enhancing energy access was truly infectious!"

Richa Goyal
India Country Manager (May – November 2014)
Alliance for Rural Electrification

"One of the steps to scaling up energy access is to strengthen coordination amongst major institutions as we saw in our Energy Access Investment Forum in Lisbon this year (2017). SEforALL is an important partner for us and becoming a Proud Partner of SEforALL will help the industry and institutions to work closer together to provide the much needed energy access to developing countries."

Ernesto Macias
President (2006 - 2018)
Alliance for Rural Electrification

"Energy access for rural and BOP communities is a topic very close to our heart and forms an integral part of Stimulus research and efforts to develop projects that promote pro-poor market based solutions for access to energy, health, nutrition and sanitation. Our membership to the ARE connected us to an extensive information platform and large network of stakeholders engaged on ensuring sustainable energy solutions for rural markets. It has been a fantastic experience for us to partner with ARE and Phaesun in sharing some of our learning from Pakistan off-grid markets at the Phaesun Off-Grid Experts Workshop in 2017. We look forward to connecting with more members and collaboration for mutually beneficial activities."

Hira Wajahat Malik
Senior Project Consultant
Stimulus Pvt. Ltd.

"At ENGIE Rassembleurs d’Energies, the impact investment fund dedicated to energy access, we are looking for investees and partners able to propose new solutions with considerations for its social and environmental impacts. ARE was the first association we decided to join as it’s really the best place to work on energy access challenges with members coming from all over the world and bringing various expertise. ARE is the network to start concrete projects, to develop new businesses and partnerships and to lobby for a common regulation framework."

Laure Vinçotte
ENGIE Rassembleurs d'Energies SAS
Managing Director

"ARE is the most effective association we have ever belonged to in terms of usefulness, proactivity and practicality when developing new business models. It acts not only as a network facilitator that connects all stakeholders involved, but also as an organisation that compiles and takes into consideration the challenges its members face in their everyday business, and then creates awareness and lobbies the institutions with the capacity to alleviate them."

Rocío Hortigüela
CEO
Entiba Energy

"ARE has been extremely helpful for us on various level: providing us the platform to network with potential partners and customers, giving us exposure at international level and inviting us for various important events which helped us for the business. We are very grateful to the ARE team who is extremely dedicated and always eager to help and connect us with the right people all around the globe. Thank you."

Govinda Upadhyay
CEO
LEDsafari SA

"ARE has been for GFM the bridge to the international off-grid market, really very well supported by ARE Staff in the different countries we were together in Ethiopia, Germany, Singapore, Italy, Portugal, etc. Really very good work and an important tool to be part of the new decentralised energy sytem we’ll have in the next years."

Javier Bustos
Managing Director
GFM

"We are very pleased with our Membership in ARE. Between finding new investment leads and attending high-level delegations, in particular with energy access initiatives in the European Union and across Africa, ARE has provided us with the right access and knowledge to grow our business and meet like-minded companies. The network and information provided through ARE membership is invaluable for companies across the energy access spectrum."

Brian Kelly
Founder & CEO
Virunga Power

"As serious and authentic practitioners in rural electrification and renewable energy advocacy space, there is no higher badge of honour and credibility than displaying our membership with ARE. ARE is the undoubted front runner in bringing together companies, organisations and individuals striving for sustainable poverty reduction and climate friendly energy technologies on the planet, as it has demonstrated in the few years it has been in existence."

Trust Chifamba
CEO
Start Africa

What our Partners say

"CLUB-ER and ARE are the twin actors of access to energy; together they represent the public and private sectors respectively. Our partnership started in 2016 and since which, we have widely appreciated the full cooperation with ARE’s team and Members. We are happy to work together and create high efficiency in rural electrification."

Hary Andriantavy
Executive Secretary / Secrétaire Exécutif
CLUB-ER (Club des Agences et Structures Nationales en charge de l'Electrification Rurale)

"We’re looking back at several years of close collaboration with ARE. Working with the team is a pleasure at a personal level, and ARE has proven a reliable and competent partner with a very important role in the market. For the future, we can be sure that there is a lot of work to be done – we are looking forward to it!"

Michael Franz
Team Leader
GET.invest

"ARE has proven to be a key partner for GIZ, especially with regards to the development of incentivizing and risk-mitigating policy and regulatory frameworks aiming for higher private sector investments in clean decentralized energy technology solutions for rural areas in Africa, Asian and Latin America."

Mike Enskat
Head of Infrastructure
GIZ

"Kenya has aligned itself to the Rural Electrification Strategy, and in collaboration with the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) has made tremendous strides in enhancing the visibility of national efforts to enhance connectivity, thereby contributing to the global energy access goal and the national goal of 100% energy access by 2022 as stipulated in the Kenya Sustainable Energy for All Action Agenda."

Hon. Charles Keter, MGH
Cabinet Secretary
Ministry of Energy and Petroleum, Kenya

"During my mandate as the EU Commissioner for Development support for the access to affordable, reliable and sustainable energy in the rural areas have been one of the
most important priorities. I received a great support from the Alliance for Rural Electrification. I am glad that ARE has increased its ambition in providing renewable energy solutions in developing countries. Increase of the productivity of farming, access to quality health services and education could only happen only with increased use of renewable energy."

Andris Pielbags
European Commissioner for Development
European Commission

"The Alliance for Rural Electrification has been a very valuable platform for knowledge sharing on what works and what does not work in bringing energy services to poor communities."

Kandeh Yumkella
UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative
SEforAll CEO (2013-2015)

"As the off-grid matchmaking hub ARE is proud to represent > 130 of committed Members who provide RET and business solutions on the ground worldwide. With its concept of Productive Use of Renewable Energy (PURE), ARE creates win-win situations for communities by combining international expertise and investment power with local contents and skills development."

Marcus Wiemann
Executive Director
Alliance for Rural Electrification

"We are proud to partner with the ARE on solar off-grid topics. This year’s Off-Grid Power Conference in Munich was a great success for all partners. We are looking forward to the next editions in São Paulo and Mumbai to enhance our fruitful partnership in the future."

Florian Wessendorf
Managing Director
Solar Promotion International GmbH (Intersolar)

"Part of our strategy at IDB to reach universal access in LAC involves joining forces with other initiatives and networks, and we see ARE as an important partner in supporting the access work in the region."

Roberto G. Aiello
Energy Principal Specialist
Inter-American Development Bank

"The ARE Energy Access Investment Forum was outstanding: with ARE you meet, talk and listen to business people from Africa and those with business in Africa. The B2B off-grid matchmaking day, organised by GET.invest, gives ample opportunity to create really useful encounters. This conference is a must in my annual agenda."

Martin Hiller
Director General
REEEP

"ARE is focused on the one of the most important issues in our pledge to “leave no one behind” – a pledge made in both signing the SDGs and the Paris Agreement. Securing access to reliable, affordable and clean energy for rural, low income communities – the largest part of the more than 1 billion people without access to sustainable energy is a critical component of living up to that pledge. By joining the SEforALL partnership network, ARE brings their leadership to a movement that is focused on going further, faster – together."

Rachel Kyte
Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General & CEO
SEforALL

"ARE’s training to the electricity company of Suriname proved very valuable to promote the adoption of new technologies based on solar mini-grids. Our collaborative work with ARE keeps bringing new opportunities to help with the achievement of universal access in Latin America and the Caribbean."

Javier Cuervo
Senior Energy Specialist
Inter-American Development Bank