The Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) is an international business association representing the decentralised energy sector, working towards the integration of renewables into rural electrification markets in developing and emerging countries. Since its creation in 2006, ARE has been serving as a global platform for sharing knowledge and best practices to provide for the rapid implementation of available and advanced RE technologies and services.
The promotion of implementation and deployment of mini-grids is core of the ARE mission. In the second half of 2014, ARE performs a considerable number of activities ongoing under the banner of its current Mini-Grid Campaign. In addition to running the ARE Mini-Grid Task Force, which brings together 25 mini-grid experts, ARE’s key Mini-Grid Campaign activities also include acting as part of the Secretariat for the HIO Clean Energy Mini Grids, leading the exercise to map the various donor instruments (e.g. technical and financial assistance) including existing and envisaged mini-grid projects, as well as contributing to the establishment of the HNU-GIZ-ARE study on “Risk Mitigation for hybrid Mini-Grids: Risk management as a relevant means to advance rural electrification businesses” and the Mini Grid Policy Toolkit (MGPT). To learn more about the Alliance and upcoming off-grid activities, visit their website.