The third International Off-grid Renewable Energy Conference and Exhibition (IOREC) will bring together policy makers, private sector leaders, financiers, and development institutions to push forward the global off-grid agenda at a high level meeting which will sit in Nairobi, Kenya from 30 September to 1 October 2016.
The third International Off-grid Renewable Energy Conference and Exhibition (IOREC), organised by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in partnership with the Kenyan Ministry of Energy and Petroleum and the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE), aims to improve electricity access by scaling up off-grid renewables.
The Director General of International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Adnan Z Amin believes that achieving 100 per cent electricity access by 2030 will require the pace of electricity expansion to nearly double – but this has never been more possible. The conference in Kenya’s capital will therefore look into how this can be expedited.
“Dramatic cost reductions in recent years have made renewable technologies the most economic option for off-grid electrification – even cheaper than diesel-fired generation or kerosene-based conventional lighting in majority of contexts. Off-grid renewables can spur socio-economic growth while also contributing to multiple Sustainable Development Goals." Amin said in a statement released early this month announcing the conference.
The conference this year will focus on four overarching themes: stand-alone systems for rapid expansion of electricity access; technology innovation to unlock new opportunities; mini-grid development to meet growing demand; and socio-economic benefits of off-grid renewable energy system deployment. Participants will share experiences and best practices on the design and implementation of enabling policies, tailored financing schemes, innovative business models, and technology applications to boost off-grid development.
"A growing number of governments, businesses and individuals are recognising the potential of off-grid renewables as a solution to energy access issues,” said Mr. Amin. “In 2015, USD 276 million was invested in the off-grid solar sector alone, a 15-fold increase over 2012. We now must further accelerate off-grid renewable energy deployment, not just for access, but for economic prosperity and poverty eradication."