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17 March 2021 - 19 March 2021
6th ARE Energy Access Investment Forum

ARE Awards 2020

The ARE Awards 2020 pay tribute to the most effective initiative and/or project implemented across six categories, as a means to highlight the clean energy access results achieved by the most passionate and innovative actors in the sector, as well as to further increase their impact by sharing latest knowledge to new stakeholders. Universal, reliable, affordable, and sustainable energy access for all is essential to empower people worldwide to decide the course of their lives – be it through education, health and socio-economic development.

After careful analysis of the 77 applications received, the ARE Jury of experts is delighted to make the final results public to the world.

The ARE Awards 2020 Ceremony will take place on Day 1 of the 6th ARE Energy Access Investment Forum in Lusaka (Zambia). Please see the Agenda for further information. 

ARE Awards winners per 2020 Categories

  • Category 1: Multilateral / International Organisations
    • IDCOL - Solar Mini-Grid Projects (Bangladesh)
  • Category 2: Public Bodies and Non-Profit Organisations
    • We Care Solar - Light Every Birth (Liberia, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone)
  • Category 3: Win-Win Partnerships 
    • Mlinda - Rural Electrification Project (India)
  • Category 4: Best De-Risking & Finance Scheme
    • EDFI - EDFI ElectriFI (multiple countries)
  • Category 5: Best Start-Up 
    • ANKA Madagascar - Agribusiness Energy Nexus Business Model (Madagascar)
  • Category 6: Best Women Empowerment Initiative 
    • EarthSpark International - Scaling Smart, Solar, Energy Access Microgrids (Haiti)

Selection Criteria

Applicants structured their submission in a way that clearly addressed the following selection criteria:

  • Effectiveness to contribute to new energy access provided or existing energy access advanced
  • Financial Sustainability
  • Engagement with project beneficiaries / Participation of local population 
  • Adequate risk management
  • Positive socio-economic impact
  • Impact on CO2 reduction
  • Innovation potential for replication and upscaling


Prize for ARE Awards 2020 Winners

  • Free access to the 6th ARE Energy Access Investment Forum (incl hotel stay for 3 nights)
  • Free stand at the Forum Exhibition
  • Pitch to high-level stakeholders and funders
  • Global Promotion throughout the ARE network 


ARE Awards 2020 Jury

  • ARE Claudio Pedretti (Chair), Board Member
  • AfDB Daniel Schroth, Advisor to the Vice President for Power, Energy, Climate & Green Growth
  • GET.invest Jan Cloin, Deputy Team Leader
  • IRENA Salvatore Vinci, Deputy Director, Country Support & Partnerships Division
  • REEEP John Tkacik, Director of Energy Analytics
  • REN21 Arthouros Zervos, Chair
  • SACREEE Kuda Ndhlukula, Executive Director
  • SEforALL TAF Kandeh Yumkella / Moderator Africa-Europe High-Level Platform for Sustainable Energy Investments in Africa
  • UNIDO Rana Ghoneim, Chief, Energy Systems & Infrastructure Division


ARE Awards Secretariat

The ARE Awards 2020 is organised by ARE together with its Member University of Applied Sciences Neu-Ulm / Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften Neu-Ulm (HNU). In case of questions, please contact Amanda Soler or Inken Hoeck.

For further information on the ARE Awards 2020 winners, kindly refer to the press release.

Supported by

Closed since 19 March 2021
Organised by
SME 242
Consultancy 168
Start-Up 163
Other 123
Government Agency/Programme 110
Industry 110
NGO 99
Development Organisation 96
Academia/Research 96
Investor/Finance 67
Association 52
Development Bank 16
Electric Cooperative 13
Total 1355