With more than 12,500 visitors expected to attend, the 6thIntersolar South America exhibition and conference is the key platform for promoting solar technologies in the region this year. Over 240 international exhibitors will showcase their latest solutions to industry specialists, investors, and project planers over the course of three days.

After last year’s success with 70+ participants, ARE is organising a half-day Off-grid workshop at Intersolar South America on 28 August 2018 focused on empowering communities through clean energy access.


12:00 – 12:30

Opening remarks - Setting the scene

  • Solar Promotion International

Welcome by ARE / Presentation of key findings of ‘Access to energy services publication through Renewable Sources in LAC[NOW Available in Spanish]

  • Unai Arrieta, ARE Member

Opening Statements + Keynotes – Market overview with main initiatives in the sector. Insights on the current status, challenges and prospects.

  • Javier Cuervo, Senior Energy Specialist, IDB
12:30 – 13:15

What support is needed for rural communities to access clean energy?

  • Unai Arrieta, Project Manager, Trama Tecnoambiental (TTA; moderator)
  • Alfonso Blanco Bonilla, Executive Secretary, OLADE
  • Ruchi Soni, Manager of Energy Access, UN Foundation
  • Rodrigo Paris, Head of LAC region, Barefoot college


13:15 – 14:00

Real-world business models and new Innovations in off-grid services 

  • Marco Tulio Breves, Solar Training Developer, LEDSafari (moderator)
  • Giorgiana Freitas, Generation Management Manager, CELPA
  • Breno Marques Gasper, Engineer of Distribution, Generation Management, CELPA
  • André Lira, Director, CULTIVE
  • Carlos Villar, President & CEO, Hins Energia S.A.
  • Abdoulaye BA, Project & Business Development Manager, COSEER (Senegal)


14:00 – 14:45

Financing structures and de-risking instruments for off-grid solutions in LAC and future prospects

  • Javier Cuervo, Senior Energy Specialist, IDB (moderator)
  • Ana Isabel Moreno, Project Manager, EnDev - GIZ / GIZ Brazil
  • Ariel Bergmann, Economist, University of Dundee
  • Ricardo Ivan Braghittoni, Sales Manager Connectors, Stäubli Electrical Connectors AG
  • Kaysar Ahmed Saqor, Senior Minigrid Expert in RE Technology, INENSUS GmbH


14:45 - 15.00 Closing remarks followed by Networking reception (until 15:30)

Supporting organisations:



The workshop will be concluded with a Networking session to promote private-sector involvement and cross-fertilisation between local SMEs, financiers and international companies. Listed below are the sponsorship opportunities:

Benefits Networking Reception Sponsor
Sponsor for Coffee & Water X
Logo on the welcome slide  X
Exclusive promotion in the ARE newsletters for the networking event X
Bring roll-up banner in the networking reception  X
Five minutes to address the audience about the company/organisation at the beginning of the networking reception X
Flyers and other marketing collaterals suited for the reception  X
Lifetime opportunity to be an ARE Member with a discount of 60% for 2018 X
Benefits Platinum Sponsor Gold Sponsor
Speech at the beginning of the session X  
Moderator of the same session X  
Research publication/collaboration with ARE* X  

Co-exhibit with ARE at the Intersolar South America Exhibition**


Corporate logo on the slider on ARE homepage

Corporate logo on the ARE - Intersolar South America subpage X X

Opportunity to showcase products/flyers at the networking reception


Corporate logo on the welcome slide and speech

Speaking opportunity in a session   X

Company marketing collaterals to be distributed at the workshop


Lifetime opportunity to be an ARE Member with a discount of 60% for 2018

PRICE  EUR 1,500 EUR 750
AVAILABILITY 2 packages 4 packages

Interested speakers and/or sponsors are advised to contact us latest by 3 August 2018.


* T&C applied (to be discussed with ARE directly with the proposals)

** Only applied for current ARE members or those who are interested to take up ARE membership; booths available on extra charges (please contact ARE for more information)


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Date events
28 August 2018
São Paulo, Brazil
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Apoorva Satpathy

Analyst & Project Assistant

+32 2 709 55 25

Melina Monjour

Communications & Marketing Assistant

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