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

  • Gioia Mueller-Russo, Project Manager Intersolar South America, 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
  • Paulo Junqueira, Assistant Coordinator, Indigenous People's Xingu Reserve, Instituto Socioambiental (ISA)
  • Alessandro Amadio, UNIDO's Representative for Brazil and Venezuela
  • Emanuel Rholden Da Silva Queiroz Maia, Sustainability Senior Manager, Access to Energy - South America, Schneider Electric 


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.


14:00 – 15:00

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 Perù
  • Ariel Bergmann, Economist, University of Dundee
  • William Martins Mass, Sales Coordinator for PV Business, Stäubli Electrical Connectors AG
  • Kaysar Ahmed Saqor, Senior Minigrid Expert in RE Technology, INENSUS GmbH

Q&A and Closing remarks

15:00 - 16.00

Networking reception 

Opening Statements + Keynotes and Findings by our Sponsor Schneider Electric

  • Emanuel Rholden Da Silva Queiroz Maia, Sustainability Senior Manager, Access to Energy - South America, Schneider Electric

The workshop will be concluded with a Networking session, sponsored by Schneider Electric, to promote private-sector involvement and cross-fertilisation between local SMEs, financiers and international companies. 


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Date events
28 August 2018
São Paulo, Brazil
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