The Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE), the ECOWAS Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) are jointly organising the 1st International Conference and Exhibition on Off-grid Renewable Energy, an official contribution to the UN Sustainable Energy for All Initiative.

This Conference will be the first major international event focusing on off-grid renewables in developing countries with a special focus on Africa. With the objective of increasing the collaboration between public authorities and the private sector, the Conference's participants will collectively address issues related to sustainable rural electrification.

A large number of key stakeholders will be present at this event: Energy Ministers, rural electrification decision-makers, worldwide private sector representatives, utilities delegates, international organisations and financing institutions. In summary, a wide variety of participants, all with a role to play in advancing off-grid renewables in developing countries.

The International Conference and Exhibition on Off-grid Renewable Energy will be a crucial opportunity to:
- Learn about the current status of rural electrification in Africa and developing countries
- Discuss the main bottlenecks to a successful scale up of off-grid renewable energies
- Highlight successful instruments and policies from around the world
- Share knowledge about innovative financing solutions, technologies and the latest research
- Meet influential stakeholders from Africa and beyond, decision-makers, and local and international private sector representatives

An Exhibition will take place in parallel with the Conference, to give the private sector the opportunity to further present its products and projects, and offer general stakeholders ample networking opportunities.

For more information:

Alliance for Rural Electrification Secretariat
Renewable Energy House
Rue d' Arlon 63-65
1040 Brussels
Tel: +32 2 400 10 51
a.reis at

ECREEE SecretariatAchada Santo Antonio
C.P. 288, Praia
Cape Verde
Tel: +238 2604630
info at

IRENA Secretariat
C67 Office Building, Khalidiyah (32nd) Street
P.O. Box 236,
Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates
Tel : +971 2 4179000
pacb at