Since its 1st edition in Madrid in 2015, the annual Forum has become the key milestone event in spring where the clean energy off-grid sector gathers together to learn more about upcoming new support schemes and initiatives by the public sector as well as the latest industry trends and product and service innovations from the private sector.

The ARE Forum in 2018 is organised in collaboration with RES4Africa and RECP and is the meeting place for 300+ participants from all over the world to identify and get introduced to the most interesting actors to present their own business proposals.

The Forum will be divided into three days and offers a diverse agenda:

  • Day 1: Conference Day & ARE Awards 2018
  • Day 2: RECP Business Matchmaking
  • Day 3: Extra activities planned

As Proud Partner of SEforALL, ARE collaborates with SEforALL through specifically tailored interventions which lie on the critical path as identified by the Global Tracking Framework (2017). The 4th ARE Energy Access Investment Forum has been identified as a key deliverable to enhance global efforts to promote a level-playing field for decentralised clean energy technology and business solutions.

ARE is offering a unique opportunity to increase your visibility and position your organisation at the forefront of the off-grid sector. Our Sponsorship Package provides you with some early insights about the Forum and also outlines the different sponsoring opportunities available to best match your targets, objectives and values.


Book your seats today!

Early bird offer ends on 14 January 2018!

Day 1: Programme

Preliminary Programme (13 March 2018)

08:00 - 09:00

Registration & Coffee

09:00 - 09:15

Welcome: Presentation of ARE Work & Achievements - Setting the Scene

  • Ernesto Macías Galan, Managing Director, Solarwatt & President, ARE
  • Francesco La Camera, Director General for Sustainable Development, Environmental Damage, European Union & International Affairs, Italian Ministry of Environment, Land & Sea

09:15 - 09:30

Keynote Speech

  • Antonio Cammisecra, CEO, Enel Green Power

09:30 - 11:00

High-level Initiatives & News from ARE Cooperation Partners

  • Caroline Nijland, General Director, FRESVice-President, ARE (Moderator)
  • Rachel Kyte, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General & CEO, SEforALL
  • Roberto Vigotti, Secretary General, RES4Africa
  • Stefano Manservisi, Director General, European Commission (DG DEVCO) (invited)

11:00 - 11:30

Coffee Break

11:30 - 12:30

Panel: Deployment of Decentralised Renewable Energies in Latin America, Africa & Asia

  • Pablo AstorgaGlobal Sales Manager Microgrids & Distributed Generation, ABB & Board Member, ARE (Moderator)
  • Géraldine CrossetSenior Investment Officer, ElectriFI
  • Takehiro KawaharaLead Analyst, Bloomberg New Energy Finance

12:30 - 14:00

Lunch Break

14:00 - 14:15

Introductory Remarks 

Investment opportunities from governments and DFIs as well as on real-case experiences of clean energy access practicioners

14:15 - 15:00

Talking Business & Investment in Latin America

  • Karl Kolmsee, CEO, Smart Hydro Power & Board Member, ARE (Moderator)
  • Jose Gabriel Martin, Director, Fundacion ACCIONA Microenergia

15:00 - 15:45

Talking Business & Investment in Africa

  • Guilherme Collares Pereira, Director Access to Energy / International Relations, EDP & Vice-President, ARE (Moderator)
  • Claudio PedrettiBusiness Development Manager, Windkinetic
  • Angus Vantoch-Wood, Programme Manager, The Carbon Trust

15:45 - 16:15

Coffee Break

16:15 - 17:00

Talking Business & Investment in Asia

  • Katarina Hasbani, Founder / Consultant, The August CompanyBoard Member, ARE (Moderator)
  • Mylene CapongolOIC Director, Renewable Energy Management Bureau, Department of Energy Philippines
  • Rebecca SymingtonExecutive Director, Mlinda Charitable Trust
  • Benjamin Ho, Regional Director - Europe, Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB)

17:00 - 17:15

Closing Remarks & Introduction Business Matchmaking Day 2

  • Marcus Wiemann, Executive Director, ARE
  • Caroline Nijland, General Director, FRESVice-President, ARE

18:00 - 20:00

Reception & ARE Awards 2018

  • Ernesto Macías Galan, Managing Director, Solarwatt & President, ARE
Day 1: ARE Awards 2018

ARE is delighted to call for proposals for the ARE Awards 2018!

By discerning these awards, ARE wishes to highlight the energy access results achieved by the most passionate and innovative stakeholders and stimulate the exchange of knowledge.

The ARE Awards 2018 Ceremony will take place during the evening reception of the 4th ARE Energy Access Investment Forum on 13 March 2018 at 18:00 - 20:00.

One of the major challenges is to achieve a well-functioning coordination amongst the diverse actors with different backgrounds as represented by the different award categories, assuming that every organisation first needs to attend to its own mission and objectives. With respect to this, ARE again will reward the most effective initiative and/or project implemented with one Award per category. 

ARE Awards 2018 Categories

The ARE Awards 2018 consist of 7 categories for projects implemented in 2017:

  • Category 1: Multilateral / International Organisations
  • Category 2: NGOs & Foundations
  • Category 3: Private Sector in Australia, Europe &North America
  • Category 4: Private Sector in Africa, Asia &Latin-America
  • Category 5: Government in Africa, Asia &Latin-America
  • Category 6: Best Off-Grid Project in 2017
  • Category 7 (NEW): Best Start-Up

Selection Criteria

Applicants should structure their submission so as to clearly address the selection criteria:

  • Effectiveness to contribute to new energy access provided or existing energy access advanced (all categories)
  • Financial Sustainability (cat. 2, 3, 4, 6, 7)
  • Engagement with project beneficiaries / Participation of local population (all categories)
  • Adequate risk management (cat. 2, 3, 4, 6, 7)
  • Positive socio-economic impact (all categories)
  • Impact on CO2 reduction (all categories)
  • Innovation potential for replication and upscaling (cat. 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7) 

The selection process of the winners is as follows:

Any institution, company or formal entity can apply for the ARE Awards 2018. Candidates can apply for a maximum of two categories (e.g. category 4 and 6), which should be clearly stated in the submission. If third parties were involved in the project, candidates are required to have their explicit and signed acceptation for the submission of the project for the ARE Awards 2018. The application for the categories 6 has to be submitted by the project leader or the majority of the partners in the case of a multi-partner project.

We would like to ask you to inform us of suitable candidates and to justify them, accordingly.

Please submit your applications for the ARE AWARDS 2018 before 15 January 2018 (22:00 CET) to Feride Nalbant.

ARE Awards 2018 Jury

  • Ernesto Macias Galán, Jury Chair / ARE President
  • Ousseynou Nakoulima, Renewable Energy & Energy Efficieny Director, AfDB
  • Salvatore Vinci, Deputy Head Policy Unit, IRENA
  • Roberto Aiello, Principal Energy Specialist, IDB
  • Martin Hiller, Director General, REEEP
  • Arthouros Zervos, Chair of REN21

For your information, the winners of the ARE Awards 2017 were:

  • Category 1: GIZ (Multilateral / International Organisations)
  • Category 2: Kopernik (NGOs &Foundations)
  • Category 3: Daily Life Renewable Energy Pte Ltd (Private Sector in Developed Countries)
  • Category 4: Solarkiosk AG (Private Sector in Developing Countries)
  • Category 5: Tanzania (Government in Developing Country)
  • Category 6: Solar Sister (Best Off-grid Project)


ARE Awards Secretariat

The ARE Awards 2018 is organised by ARE and its Member Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften Neu-Ulm (HNU). In case of questions, please contact with Feride Nalbant.

Day 2: Programme

Building on our collaboration with RECP over the last two years, the RECP Business Matchmaking Day will feature a panel on off-grid data collection and valorisation, current and upcoming tender opportunities in Africa as well as a panel of investors sharing their perspective on what makes an off-grid renewable energy project bankable.

In addition, you can encounter your future business partners and investors during the structured B2B and B2Finance sessions – during last year’s Forum we welcomed participants from 50 countries resulting in 500+ meetings!

Preliminary Programme (14 March 2018)

08:00 - 09:00

Registration & Coffee

09:00 - 09:30

Welcome Remarks

09:30 - 09:45

RECP Private Sector Services: Results Achieved & Way Forward

09:45- 10:40

Off-grid Data & Smart Meters

10:40 - 11:10

Coffee Break

11:10 - 11:40

Renewable Energy Tender Programmes in Africa: Status & Opportunities in Selected Countries

11:40 - 12:30

Panel: Investor’s Perspective on Bankable Projects

12:30 - 14:00

Lunch Break

14:00 - 14:20

B2B Matchmaking Introduction

14:20 - 15:55

B2B Matchmaking Session I

15:55 - 16:15

Coffee Break

16:15 - 17:50

B2B Matchmaking Session II 

17:50 - 18:00

Wrap-up & Evaluation


Day 3: Extra Activities Planned

More information to follow soon


Participants of the Forum can make their reservations at the Grand Hotel Villa Itria through Special rates available when you mention 4th ARE Energy Access Investment Forum.

After 15 January 2018, guests can book best available rate online with a 10% discount.

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Date events
13 March 2018 to 15 March 2018
Grand Hotel Villa Itria Via Antonio Aniante, 3 95029 Viagrande - Catania, Italy


Ling Ng

Communications & Marketing Officer

+32 2 709 55 42