The Global Off-Grid Solar Forum and Expo returns to Kenya for its 8th Edition: Powering Lives | Energizing Potential


The Forum is co-hosted by GOGLA, the global association for the off-grid solar industry, the Government of Kenya, and the World Bank’s Lighting Global Program. This year, partnerships with the Africa Minigrid Developers Association (AMDA), Africa E-Mobility Alliance (AfEMA), and Global Distributors Collective (GCD), ensure the event encompasses a broad range of distributed energy access technologies and stakeholders.

Off-grid solar and other distributed renewable technologies are vital for reaching the 675 million people who currently lack access to electricity. They can also improve energy access for over a billion more people who only have intermittent grid power supply. Alongside a focus on universal electrification, the Forum will feature tracks on powering agriculture, enterprise and health, and include a weak-grid technology showcase.

The event is set to welcome more than 1500 attendees, 90 exhibitors, 100+ policy-makers, and hundreds of investors and development actors from around the world. Known as the off-grid sector’s leading meeting place, the Forum will feature robust discussions, showcase disruptive technologies, and create spaces to unlock new and innovative partnerships that will help drive universal electricity access, build climate resilience, and power productivity.

The Global Off-Grid Solar Forum is the most dynamic and inclusive convening of leaders in the off-grid sector. As a past attendee, I met with people from across the sectors, from small-scale business owners to policy-makers, and interacted with cutting-edge technologies at the Expo. As GOGLA’s new Executive Director, I am thrilled to lead the team that delivers this must-go-to event for the industry. This year, we will partner again with the Government of Kenya and the World Bank Lighting Global program to make this Forum successful.Sarah Malm, GOGLA’s recently appointed Executive Director

The 2020 Global Off-Grid Solar Forum and Expo was also held in Nairobi, Kenya. Kenya represents the largest off-grid solar market and a hub of energy access innovation, with many market leaders from the off-grid solar, minigrid, and e-mobility space operating in the country. Kenya is a global leader on climate change and green growth. Last year, the country hosted the Africa Climate Summit at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre under the leadership of HE President William Ruto.