External Events

ARE Energy Access Seminar: Meet The Experts

Tuesday 30 September 2014 01:30pm - 08:00pm
Event Background

You are warmly invited to the upcoming ARE Energy Access Seminar to learn how to successfully realise self-sustainable business solutions for access to energy and services in developing countries by making use of upcoming finance supporting schemes.


During the ARE Seminar, experts with long-standing experience in the sector will give practical insights and hands-on advice to both experts and newcomers from the private and public sector on important issues for practitioners.


Preliminary Programme


  • 13:30-14:00 Registration / Coffee
  • 14:00-15:45 Session 1: Rural electrification – Views of Main Partners for Energy Access Solutions
    • Welcome and Introduction by ARE – Ernesto Macías, ARE President / Partner at SFC Business Partners, Spain
    • The Core Factors for Access to Energy and Services – Martin Niemetz, SE4ALL Country Action Officer, Austria (tbc)
    • Asia, Africa and Latin-America - Off-grid Economic Growth Perspectives – Marcus Wiemann, ARE Secretary General, Belgium
    • Energy Access Support Schemes - Key Players, Donors and Funding Conditions – Felice Zaccheo, Deputy Head of Unit EuropeAid and three high-level experts out of AFD, BEI, DFID, EUEI PDF, GIZ, FMO, IRENA; tbc
  • 15:45-16:00 Q&A
  • 16:00-16:30 Coffee Break and Networking – Matchmaking
  • 16:30-17:30 Session 2: How to get successfully involved?
    • Financial Mechanisms and Programmes - Key Characteristics and Principles – Caroline Nijland, ARE Board Member / Business Development Director FRES & Chris Service, Business Developer FRES, Netherlands
    • SE4ALL High Impact Opportunity – Private Sector View on Cooperation with IFIs and IOs – Matteo della Volta, ARE Board Member / Energy Sector Business Developer, Siemens AG, Germany
    • UNEP – EDP Partnership on ‘Clean Energy Mini-Grids’ in Africa – Guilherme Collares Pereira, ARE Board member / Director EDP, Portugal
  • 17:30-17:45 Q&A
  • 17:45-18:45 Session 3: Café for Energy Access – Expert table
    • How to Design Rural Electrification Technologies Solutions – Xavier Vallvé, ARE Board member / Director TTA, Spain
    • How to Choose from Available Technologies, Products and Services for Rural Electrification – Claude Ruchet, ARE Board member / Deputy Director Studer Innotec SA, Switzerland
    • How to Be Your Own Boss – Business Opportunities with Solar Systems – Tobias Zwirner, ARE Board Member / Managing Director, Phaesun, Germany
    • The presentations from ARE Board members will show case studies and live experiences to address and discuss questions on the following:
      • What are the most interesting emerging markets for rural electrification?
      • What are the framework conditions, laws and regulations to consider?
      • What is the future role of profit and non-profit organisations in the sector?
      • How to best integrate off-grid renewable energies from a business perspective?
      • How to make use of available donor and finance support schemes?
      • How to start? Which factors need to be considered?
      • How to find an appropriate project with growth perspective?
      • How to build a sustainable business model for off-grid markets?
      • How to calculate a project?
      • How to finance the project?
      • What are the technologies, products and services available in the market?
      • What are the criteria to choose the appropriate site and technology?
      • How to find appropriate partners and supporters?
  • 18:45-19:00 Q&A
  • 19:00-20:00 Networking Cocktail (with high-level representatives of African embassies)


How To Register

To register, simply fill out the Registration Form and send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

*Early bird discount available before 15 Aug.


Participation Fees:

Normal fee: 400 €
ARE members: 200 €


Become a Sponsor:

Gold sponsor: 1000 €
Silver sponsor: 750 €
Bronze sponsor: 500 €

Location : Brussels, Belgium (Venue TBC)
Contact : Ling Ng - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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