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 & Business
Ensol Limited

"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

"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 EU 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

"Working in solar and energy access is always an adventure. The technology is evolving at such a breaknecking pace, so are innovative financing models and delivery mechanisms. New companies and ideas evolve each year whose spirit to innovate, achieve operational efficiency and deliver impact drives the growth in the entire ecosystem. So, it is amazing to be a part of an alliance that provides companies such as ourselves with an opportunity to share our learnings all the while learning from others as we look to grow together and drive the sector forward."

Anjal Niraula
Gham Power

“Joining ARE was one of the first decisions we took after launching Sunkofa Energy. It has allowed us to grow as a start-up company, facilitating the attendance to conferences and introducing us to investors. The ARE team is extremely proactive and always ready to help, it is a pleasure to work with them.”

Irene Calvé Saborit
CEO & Co-founder
Sunkofa Energy

"Working with ARE was an absolute pleasure. Being quite early in my career, I got the opportunity to gain invaluable knowledge and experience in policy, technical and financial aspects and best practices in the clean energy sector. The ARE team is very dynamic, passionate about energy access and incredibly dedicated to delivering the upmost services to its Members."

Judith Abila
Intern (Feb-Oct 2020)
Alliance for Rural Electrification

“ARE helps us stay up to date on market trends and opportunities, which we would otherwise devote significantly more resources for. From the rich services portfolio offered, we mostly benefit from B2B matchmakings, events and newsletters. Taking part in these activities increased our visibility immensely, enabled us to explore business opportunities easily and to build fruitful partnerships with other ARE members. We are glad to have joined this thriving and growing community of changemakers!”

Rebecca Bregant
Chief Marketing Officer

"We are glad to be part of the ARE community. The membership has helped us a lot in expanding our network by connecting us with new partners and customers. Especially, EcoPhi was able to increase the visibility significantly by promoting in the various ARE channels. By that, in 2021 (the year we joined ARE), we have seen an increase in requests by more than 40% compared to the previous year. There are lots of opportunities to get in touch within the industry or get important information through many events. Whenever we have specific questions or requests for contacts – the ARE team always knows how to help. We are happy that we've joined ARE and will continue this cooperation in the future."

Maximilian Spannagel
Business Development Manager
EcoPhi Renewables Engineering

"Being a member of ARE has proven to be of significant value to us. Through the Alliance, we get the latest updates on renewable energy trends. Our membership also helps us to find companies working on innovative projects across different countries -  triggering important collaborations for our work. ARE also keeps us updated on various business opportunities and provides the platform for us to share our experiential learnings, as well as learn from other companies. ARE's contribution towards SDG-7 cannot be overemphasised."

Oluwadamilare Aluko
Microgrid Project Developer
Gommyr Power Networks Ltd

"Smarter Microgrid has been a member of ARE since 2018. We find that the ARE is the leading business association in promoting distributed renewable energy, especially to initiate and sustain economic development in developing countries. As this is also our corporate focus, it is hardly surprising that we find the ARE’s activities highly resonant with our our mission. We find their professionalism and organisation impressive, especially in articles and webinars for example, all of which helps us to make contact with like-minded companies, both as partners and customers."

Bob Carnell
Director of Business Development
Smarter Microgrid Limited

"One of the activities that we have done through ARE that helped the most was the participation in the ARE Investment Academy. Prior to this, we had limited experience in interacting with investors and raising capital. The Investment Academy introduced us to the language and the processes that are used when seeking and closing investments and it taught us that we had the right to negotiate terms. It also introduced us to programs like GET.invest."

Laura Corcoran
Aptech Africa

"We have worked with ARE on the industry consultation for the EU Technical Facility. We also took part in the DRE Recovery Campaign by providing input but also hearing from other companies. So far, it has been very interesting and important for us to be collaborating with ARE and ARE Members."

Diane Domkam
Policy Coordinator
ENGIE Energy Access

"ARE is an amazing network platform that connects thousands of stakeholders across the sector. The events, webinars, case studies and newsletters have been great tools to showcase our activities. These tools have increased our visibility and enabled us to reach more targeted audiences."

Marta Louro
Social Consultant – Access to Energy/Social Impact Coordination Office

"ARE has a great network. They introduced us to lots of developers and regulators in multiple markets that we needed to work with in order to get our technology out there. They published our case studies which made a lot of people to reach us and give feedback. Ultimately, this has let us scale up and legitimise our technology."

Afnan Hannan

"It is very important for us to collaborate with different stakeholders, such as NGOs, technology providers, investors and governments. That’s why we decided to work with ARE. For example, we found EAIF very interesting for us. Not only we managed to generate new business opportunities and connections, but also, we improved our brand awareness through ARE’s communications & marketing support during the event."

Desy Pamela
Global Marketing & Communications for Access to Energy
Schneider Electric

"Being part of the ARE e-mobility campaign and publication brought Anywhere.Berlin GmbH into the global arena where initiatives for rural electrification meet and move forward in this important mission. Such a campaign and publication acknowledges the vision that e-mobility implementation in the 21st century is the economic accelerator for propagating rural electrification via localised and sustainable development."

Oliver Higson

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
Secrétaire Exécutif

"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

"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

"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)

"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

The partnership with ARE will deepen our understanding of private sector needs.  It will also allow us to work together on facilitating a constructive dialogue between public and private actors to support a development path that delivers according to local needs and empowers local capacities and communities.”

Rana Ghoneim
Chief, Energy Systems & Infrastructure Division

“Regional events, such as the Atelier Off-Grid B2B Togo Workshop organised by the ARE, followed by the 1st Togo-EU Economic Forum in Lomé in June 2019, were very good opportunities for developers to be informed about the existing opportunities, and the EU will continue to work closely with ARE to promote the development of rural electrification in Togo.”

Antonio Capone
First Secretary and Team Leader Infrastructure & Environment
Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Togo

"In our partnership we can build on ARE’s global footprint, diverse membership structure and expert DRE knowledge. By jointly promoting innovative and sustainable decentralised energy solutions – with UNIDO ITPO’s particular focus on productive use and related value chains – we can ideally combine the capacities and mandates of our two organisations."

Michael Schmidt
Deputy Head

"I would like to commend ARE for their bold leadership in committing to an Energy Compact. These Compacts will enable us to mobilise partners and catalyse momentum towards achieving SDG7 by 2030 and the goals of the Paris agreement on climate change. Energy Compacts capture voluntary public and trackable concrete actions that governments, companies, institutions, civil society and many more commit to doing in order to achieve our development and climate goals.”

Damilola Ogunbiyi
CEO and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General

“The MoU is a unique opportunity to work alongside ARE and spearhead the development of the DRE market in Tanzania. We look forward to taking on board ARE’s far-reaching experience as an established business association in the DRE sector and ensuring that Tanzanian DRE projects can bear fruit.”

Dr.-Ing. Matthew Matimbwi
Executive Secretary
Tanzania Renewable Energy Association (TAREA)

 “We are delighted to partner with ARE in what is a significant milestone in our relationship. It aligns with our objective of forming strategic partnerships based on shared goals; in this instance, working towards increasing energy access to underserved or unserved Nigerians. Ultimately, we are working together to ensure that renewable energy solutions play a key role.”

Segun Adaju
Renewable Energy Association of Nigeria (REAN)

“At ADEME, we have been working in the field of sustainable energy access for more than 30 years alongside our partners on innovative projects. In this line, we are delighted to be able to support ARE in this project, which will strengthen local welfare and socio-economic development by working on two key elements linked to access to sustainable energy: the health sector and the productive uses of energy.”

Philippe Masset
Director Europe & International
French Agency for Ecological Transition (ADEME)

"Building out the deployment of off-grid renewable energy in low- and medium-income countries is crucial to achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and delivering positive outcomes for people and communities in rural settings. This partnership brings together two organisations with complementary strengths but a singular aim to drive inclusive, equitable development through the widespread adoption of renewable energy."

Francesco La Camera

“The partnership with ARE reinforces our shared commitments to increase access to clean, reliable and affordable energy and advance the productive use of renewable energy.  We look forward to working with ARE to increase the adoption of decentralised renewable energy which is so critical to achieving renewable energy targets in Sub-Saharan Africa and globally.”

Mark Carrato
Power Africa

“The vision and goals of ARE and EEP Africa are highly complementary. ARE has brilliant networks and works holistically on several fronts in advancing the DRE agenda. This is extremely important for the early-stage clean energy businesses supported by EEP Africa, many of which are acting as first movers in their market segment. This partnership brings us closer together in our common efforts to support these businesses and the sector in general.”

Jussi Viding
Fund Manager
EEP Africa