6th ARE Energy Access Investment Forum
The Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) is excited to announce that the 6th ARE Energy Access Investment Forum (EAIF) will take place in Lusaka, Zambia on 18-19 March 2020.
EAIF is a well-established political exchange and business event organised by ARE with local and regional partners - aimed at assisting the private and public sector to get up to speed on the latest developments in the off-grid sector and do business.
The ARE Forum is supported by our long-standing partner GET.invest, a European programme that mobilises renewable energy investments.
The Forum offers the opportunity:
- for companies to showcase their innovative off-grid solutions, products and services to investors and partners at our exhibition;
- for key public sector players to present their upcoming funding and de-risking programmes and policy initiatives;
- to find your business partners and advance your projects through the B2B matchmaking session;
- to discuss major sector trends and topics in the off-grid energy markets in Africa, where 95% of the rural population have no access to modern energy services; and
- to add your experience and proposals to the international dialogue for cooperation.
To intensify the exchange with players from inside and outside Africa, ARE will also hold its Annual General Meeting in conjunction with the Forum the day before.
Zambia’s electricity sector is dominated by hydropower. However, with declining technology costs, there is potential for expansion of other renewable energies, including solar PV. Still, access to electricity is limited: only 31% of the total population has access to electricity.
Off-grid energy solutions can increase the efforts already undertaken by the Government of Zambia to keep its official target of achieving 51% rural electricity access by 2030. They have the potential to foster development opportunities to the 1.8 million rural households who currently do not have access to electricity. Zambia fulfills the basic eligibility criteria for these decentralised energy solutions: 95% of its rural population has no access to modern energy and it is highly dispersed (around 20 habitants per square metre). At the same time, expansion of the national utility grid to rural areas is neither economically nor technically feasible in the short-term and mid-term.