Dear experts in off-grid renewable energy,

Dear friends of the Alliance for Rural Electrification,


With less than two weeks to go and following the positive responses for the upcoming Workshop, we encourage you to register for the Workshop "Clean Energy Hybrid Mini-grids in Remote Areas - an Investment Opportunity" on 9 April in Germany.


Taking place the day before the 7th International Conference on PV Hybrids and Mini-Grids (OTTI), this one-day Workshop will focus on financial issues around hybrid mini-grids.


It aims to introduce investment initiatives and find mechanisms for energy access from different stakeholders, give recommendations about financing mini-grids and up-to-date developments.

Updated programme

09.00 Registration




09.30 Opening Address


Gabriele Struthoff-Müller, OTTI e.V.




09.40 Chairpersons


Marcus Wiemann (ARE); Michael Wollny, (ARE)




09.50 Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) Initiative, High-impact Initiative on Mini-Grids


Martin Niemetz, Country Action Officer, Global Facilitation Team, Sustainable Energy for All




10.05 Management and Banking, Financing Instruments and Challenges for Mini-Grids 
Torsten Becker, Frankfurt School of Finance




10.20 Questions and answers moderated by ARE 




10.40 Coffee Break




11.25 Findings Renewables 2013 Global Status Report 


Rana Adib, REN21 




11.40 Financing mini-grids in emerging markets  


Matthias Schmidt, KfW Development Bank




11.55 The business case of PV Hybrid systems: actors, contracts, drivers for profitability  


Joscha Rosenbusch, BSW-Solar International Cooperation Officer (on behalf of BMZ)




12.10 Panel discussion 




12.30 Lunch Break




14.00 Investment Opportunities of the UNEP-Clean Energy Mini-Grid Programme 


Dean Cooper, UNEP




14.15 The Mini-grid Policy Toolkit  


Michael Franz, EUEI PDF




14.30 Questions and answers moderated by ARE




14.45 Coffee break




15.30 Enabling the scale-up of dynamic mini-grids through microfinance 


Daniel Philipp, MicroEnergy International




15.45 Roadmap towards 2020 targets on access, energy security and renewable energy 


David Otieno, Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP)


16.00 Panel discussion




16.20 Closing remarks


Marcus Wiemann (Secretary General, ARE),  Michael Wollny (Vice-President, ARE)




16.30 End of the Workshop


For more information

Download the Workshop brochure or visit OTTI's website

So mark your calendars:



9 April 2014


Stadthalle Bad Hersfeld

Wittastraße 5

36251 Bad Hersfeld, Germany

See map


With kind regards, 


Ernesto Macias       Marcus Wiemann

ARE President        ARE Secretary General

Alliance for Rural Electrification

Renewable Energy House
Rue d' Arlon 63-65
1040 Brussels - Belgium
Tel: +32 2 400 10 51

Date events
09 April 2014
Bad Hersfeld, Germany