New publication guides decision-makers in off-grid renewables


Tapping into its members’ experience in developing countries, ARE aims to contribute to the decision-makers, potential investors, project promoters and the general public’s knowledge of renewable off-grid technologies.

From small individual installations to village or island grids, from PV to small wind or hydro, renewables offer a wide range of options. This publication includes an overview of these solutions, their advantages and challenges, all backed by concrete case studies. It also includes insights into quality standards, maintenance advices and business models.

In a language accessible to non-experts, ARE aims to support decision-makers in making an informed energy-related choice. A choice that considers not only the technological angle, but also the social and environmental factors influencing it, ultimately leading to the best solution for individual communities. For the first time the publication will also make available the contact details of ARE’s members working in the different sectors.

At the launch event, Simon Rolland, ARE’s Secretary General said: “Over 30 years experience in the area already allow us to know the most common causes of project failure, namely poor project design and management, lack of qualified technical assistance and engineering, lack of component quality and inadequate financing and regulatory frameworks. Only a part of these are directly related to technology, but all could benefit from more information.”

Michel Wollny, Director, Business Development Off-Grid at SMA, the event’s Gold Sponsor, said, “ARE informs stakeholders on the requirements for successful renewable energy off-grid projects. In doing so, ARE gives the floor to start business with local actors in the developing countries and preparing the ground for the RE markets of the future.”

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