31.01.2017 - 02.02.2017 • Lusaka / Zambia

Sustainable Energy Southern Africa Forum

The Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) – with the support of the RECP – organised a workshop on “Business opportunities for decentralised renewables in Southern Africa”. This workshop targeted investors/financiers, project developers, government agencies and large electricity off-takers from or focusing on Southern Africa. The aim was to inform about and develop business opportunities for decentralised renewables in the region.

This workshop took place on the first day of the conference “Sustainable Energy Southern Africa Forum”, which was hosted by the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) and organised by Practical Action.

The ARE/RECP day features:

Presentations on key markets, which were held by high-level government representatives. These presentations were followed by speeches of ARE and RECP about their services supporting your company to venture into the Southern African market.
Pitching Session for financial instruments and project developers, who briefly presented their business models in order to give you an overview of the decentralised renewable energy market.
Energy Access Café: After the pitching session, a semi-structured networking event took place, during which you had the chance to meet your future business partner or financier.

On the second day, the “Multi-stakeholder Forum on Sustainable Energy in Zambia” of the AEEP took place, which is a dialogue event on sustainable energy and energy access. This conference day focused on the Zambian national context, but brought in expertise and shared experiences from across the Southern African region. This helped to promote peer-to-peer learning, and information sharing on the most promising ideas and initiatives.

On the third day, there was a field visit to see at first hand the challenges of rural off-grid energy provision, and some of the potentially viable solutions.