Since its 1st edition in Madrid in 2015, the annual ARE 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.

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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: Site visit to 3SUN Factory & Passo Martino Innovation Hub

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.

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Day 1: Programme

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, President, ARE Managing Director Spain, Solarwatt
  • 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

Objective: to provide an insight into the strategic approach of high-level institutions to create a level playing field and to advance the market for decentralised renewable energies.

  • Caroline Nijland, Vice-President, ARE General Director, FRES (Moderator)
  • Lamberto Dai Prà, Head of Renewable Energies Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia & Australia, Enel Green Power
  • Ousseynou NakoulimaDirector for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, African Development Bank
  • Georgios Pantoulis, Head of Sector, Sustainable Energy, DG International Cooperation and Development, European Commission
  • Jan Andreas, Principal Energy Economist, KfW
  • Roberto Vigotti, Secretary General, RES4Africa
  • Rachel Kyte, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General & CEO, SEforALL

11:00 - 11:30

Coffee Break

11:30 - 12:30

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

Objective: to identify key industry trends, which can help different regions of the world to better mobilise private sector investments in decentralised renewable energies and hence to integrate remote communities into these emerging economies

  • Pablo AstorgaBoard Member, ARE & Global Sales Manager Microgrids & Distributed Generation, ABB (Moderator)
  • Antonia Orsoni, Off-grid Solutions Manager, Blue Solutions
  • Géraldine CrossetSenior Investment Officer, ElectriFI
  • Takehiro KawaharaLead Analyst, Bloomberg New Energy Finance
  • Faris Hasan, Director Corporate Planning, OFID

12:30 - 14:00

Lunch Break

14:00 - 15:00

Talking Business & Investment: Latin America – Rural Electrification beyond Basic Need Supply

Objective: to provide recommendations on how to advance rural electrification beyond basic need supply and into higher tiers of energy access in Latin America

  • Karl Kolmsee, Board Member, ARE & CEO, Smart Hydro Power (Moderator)
  • Antonio Scala, Head of Renewable Energies South America, Enel Green Power
  • José Gabriel Martín Fernández, Director, ACCIONA Microenergía Foundation & Steering Committee Member, ACCIONA Microenergía Perú & ACCIONA Microenergía México
  • Rafael Hoyuela LopezOutreach & Partnerships EU, Inter-American Development Bank
  • Xavier Vallvé, Managing Partner, Trama TecnoAmbiental

15:00 - 16:00

Talking Business & Investment in Africa: Time to Break Down Barriers

Objective: to explore what barriers hinder the massive deployment of decentralised renewable energy solutions in Sub-Saharan Africa and how key barriers can be broken down.

  • Guilherme Collares Pereira, Vice-President, ARE A2E - Access to Energy International Relations Director, EDP Renováveis S.A. (Moderator)
  • Michele PorriHead of Business Development Africa, Enel Green Power
  • Claudio PedrettiBusiness Development Manager, Windkinetic
  • Joao Duarte Cunha, Chief Climate Finance Officer / SEFA Coordinator, African Development Bank
  • Angus Vantoch-Wood, Programme Manager, The Carbon Trust

16:00 - 16:30

Coffee Break

16:30 - 17:30

Talking Business & Investment in Asia: Can Microgrids Solve Asia’s Energy Access Challenge?

Objective: to explore the potential of microgrids to solve Asia’s energy access challenge, building on lessons learnt on microgrids from private and public sector participants from India, Philippines and Singapore.

  • Katarina Hasbani, Board Member, ARE Founder / Consultant, The August Company (Moderator)
  • Gu Yoon ChungHead of Business Development Asia Pacific, Enel Green Power
  • 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

17:30 - 17:45

Closing Remarks & Introduction Business Matchmaking Day 2

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

18:00 - 20:00

Reception & ARE Awards 2018

  • Ernesto Macías Galan, President, ARE Managing Director Spain, Solarwatt
  • Walter Marin, CEO, Plug the Sun
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 29 January 2018 (deadline extension) to Elmar Steurer.

Winners will be promoted globally throughout the ARE network. We can also offer free access to the 4th ARE Energy Access Investment Forum and travel support for winners.

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 Elmar Steurer.

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 hard talk panel on financing the project pipeline featuring new financial instruments with feedback from the audience.

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

Programme (14 March 2018)

08:00 - 09:00

Registration & Coffee

09:00 - 09:30

Welcome Remarks

  • Caroline Nijland, Vice President, ARE

09:30 - 09:45

RECP Private Sector Services: Results Achieved & Way Forward

09:45 - 10:40

Off-grid Data & Smart Meters

This panel discussion will delve into the hot topic of reliable data collection from off-grid projects, and how to leverage it to attract investors. The focus will particularly be on data generated by smart meters and tech platforms, to what extent this fits financiers’ requirements, how to best align the data needs of developers and financiers, and what lessons can be learnt from the SHS market. The overriding aim is to provide a concrete solution for project developers to demonstrate their project’s bankability and for financiers to effectively identify ‘investable projects’.

  • Alexander Huppertz, Project Manager, RECP (Moderator)
  • Laure Vinçotte, CEO, Engie Rassembleurs d’Energies
  • Christopher Camponovo, Head of Business Development, SparkMeter
  • Emily McAteer, CEO, Odyssey Energy Solutions

10:40 - 11:10

Coffee Break

11:10 - 11:40

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

  • Caspar Priesemann, Energy Access Advisor, GIZ

11:40 - 12:30

Hard Talk Panel: Financing the Project Pipeline: New Initiatives & Private Sector Feedback

This session will feature new financial support instruments by leading DFIs, followed by a moderated exchange with private sector panelists and the audience on the design and scope of these initiatives, and what can be improved or considered for future instruments.

  • Vivian Vendeirinho, Board Member, ARE & Founder & Managing Director, RVE.SOL (Moderator)
  • Cyril Renault, Energy Project Manager, Agence Francaise de Developpement
  • Mahama Kappiah, Executive Director, ECREEE
  • Joao Duarte Cunha, Chief Climate Finance Officer / SEFA Coordinator, African Development Bank
  • Ashok Chaudhuri, Vice President – Business Development, Ankur Scientific Energy Technologies
  • Representative, Enel Green Power
  • Fulvio Mariani, Renewables & Sustainability, RINA Consulting

12:30 - 14:00

Lunch Break

14:00 - 14:20

B2B Matchmaking Introduction

14:20 - 15:55

B2B Matchmaking Session I

  • 5 B2B meetings per participant

15:55 - 16:15

Coffee Break

16:15 - 17:50

B2B Matchmaking Session II 

  • 4 B2B meetings per participant

17:50 - 18:00

Wrap-up & Evaluation


Day 3: Site Visit

Enel Green Power and RES4Africa will organise a half-day site-visit program to 3SUN Factory and Passo Martino Innovation Hub in Sicily. The programme aims to showcase these sites on renewable energy innovation and manufacturing, as well as to demonstrate Italian renewable energy industry leadership.


08:00 - 12:30

  1. 3SUN Factory: 3SUN will showcase its new manufacturing production line for bi-facial solar PV modules;
  2. Passo Martino Innovation Hub: The Enel Innovation Hub for startup and enterprise creation includes facilities for research and innovation for these companies. The hub will reopen in March 2018 and is currently looking at developing partnerships with African innovative businesses.

Transportation to and from the sites will be foreseen by the organisers.

Kindly confirm your participation to the organisers by registering your interest here by 28 February 2018. Participants will be registered on a first-come-first serve basis.

Getting you there

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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