The 3rd edition of the International Off-Grid Renewable Energy Conference and Exhibition (IOREC) will take place in Nairobi, Kenya on 30th September and 1st October 2016. The Conference is being organized by IRENA in partnership with the Kenya Ministry of Energy & Petroleum and the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE).

In parallel with the Conference, ARE will organise an exhibition to give the private sector an opportunity to showcase products and projects, and offer participants ample networking occasions.

IOREC is the global platform for sharing experience and best practices about design and implementation of enabling policies, tailored financing schemes, innovative business models and technology applications for stand-alone and mini-grid systems. The first edition of IOREC was organised in Accra, Ghana in 2012 and the second in Manila, Philippines, in 2014. The conference convenes diverse stakeholders from the sector, gathers perspectives on key deployment barriers and facilitates dialogue to highlight solutions to accelerate rural electrification through off-grid renewable energy systems.

IOREC 2016 will take place back-to-back with the SEED Africa Symposium (28-29 September), an international forum to stimulate growth of social and eco-entrepreneurship in Africa.

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Preliminary Programme


Hon. Charles Keter
Cabinet Secretary
Ministry of Energy & Petroleum

Adnan Z Amin

Ernesto Macías
Alliance for Rural Electrification

Dipal Barua
Founder and Chairman
Bright Green Energy Foundation

Andrew M. Herscowitz
Power Africa

Debajit Palit
Associate Director and senior fellow
The Energy and Resource Institute(TERI)

Elijah C. Sichone
Executive Secretary
Regional Electricity Regulators
Association of Southern Africa(RERA)

Daniel-Alexander Schroth
SE4ALL Africa Hub Coordinator
African Development Bank (AfDB)

Katrina Pielli
Senior Energy Advisor and Lead,
Beyond the Grid
USAID | Power Africa

Wim Jonker Klunne
Programme Director
Energy & Environment Partnership (EEP)

Christine Eibs Singer
Director of Global Advocacy
Power for All

Miguel Juan Revolo Acevedo

Nico Peterschmidt
Co-founder and Managing Director

H.R.H. Princess Abze Djigma

Michael Franz
Project Manager
Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP)

Marcus Wiemann
Executive Director
Alliance for Rural Electrification

Peter Weston
Investment Advisory Services Director
Energy 4 Impact

Harish Hande
Managing Director

Martinj Veen
Sector Leader and Senior Advisor Renewable Energy

Sunkanmi Olowo
Head SME / Value Chain Banking

Guilherme Collares Pereira
Director of International Relations - Access to Energy
Energias de Portugal (EDP)

Habiba Ali
Managing Director and CEO
Sosai Renewable Energies

Rose Mutiso
Senior Fellow
US Department of Energy

Pablo Astorga
Global Sales Manager Microgrids

Molly Ward
Clean Energy Advisor
US Department of State

Nico Tyabji
Director of Strategic Partnerships

Snehar Shah
General manager East Africa
Azuri technologies

Managing Director
Akuo Energy

Rainer Agster
Director of Private Sector Cooperation at adelphi / Director Operations

Tom Price
Director of Strategic Initiatives
All Power Labs

Charles Nichols
CTO & Co-Founder

Jesse Moore
CEO and Co-Founder

Julius Omoding

Thomas Gottschalk
Founder and Managing Director

Eric Angadia Mmene
Government Relations Specialist
One Acre Fund

Caspar Priesemann
Energy Access Advisor

Graham Smith
Senior Director of New markets

Martin Hiller
Director General
Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP)

Xavier Vallvé
Socio Director / Associated Manager / Soci Director
Trama TecnoAmbiental (TTA)

Nicolas Fouassier
Pamoja Cleatech

Steven Hunt
Senior Energy Innovation Advisor
UK Department for International Development (DFID)

Raghav Agarwal
Former Member of Governing Council, IHITC
A Government of Rajasthan Enterprise


The Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) will organise an Exhibition in parallel with the Conference from the 30 September – 1 October 2016. The Exhibition is meant to give the private sector the opportunity to present its products & projects and showcase the technologies & know-how at the forefront of off-grid renewables.

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Why Exhibit?

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The Exhibition is open to all interested companies and organisations. We especially encourage the private sector to participate, present its products and projects and showcase the technologies and know-how at the forefront of off-grid renewables. Read more

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How to Exhibit

Safari Park Hotel    9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

There are 20 stands currently available.

Stand prices
ARE members: 1,750 EUR
Non-ARE members: 2,500 EUR

For more information about the Exhibition, kindly visit the ARE website

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Exhibitor FAQs

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For Exhibition FAQs, please click here

Become an Exhibition Sponsor

Safari Park Hotel    9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

For companies and organisations who wish to enhance their engagement in the Exhibition, we are also offering sponsorship opportunities that fit different marketing budgets.

Contact Ling Ng for a quote.

We will try our best to accomodate your needs.

Venue for IOREC & Exhibition

IOREC will be held at the Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya.

Safari Park Hotel

P.O. Box 45038

00100 Nairobi, Kenya

For more information, visit the hotel website: http://www.safaripark-hotel.com/

Registration Closed

Due to overwhelming response, registration for the conference is now closed.

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To Register for SEEDS Africa Symposium (28-29 September 2016), please click here.

Past Editions

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Contact Us

For more information about the Conference please contact:


Email: offgridconference@irena.org
Phone: +971 2 417 9000
Website: http://www.irena.org
Address: IRENA Headquarters, Masdar City, PO Box 236
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

To reserve your Exhibition space/sponsorship  or for more information about the Exhibition please contact:

Alliance for Rural Electrification

Ms. Ling Ng
Communications & Marketing officer
Email: l.ng@ruralelec.org
Phone: +32 2 709 5542
Website: www.ruralelec.org
Address: Rue d’Arlon 69,
1040 Brussels, Belgium

The SEED Africa Symposium is an annual international forum for sharing knowledge and experience, establishing partnerships, and developing solutions to stimulate the growth of social and eco-entrepreneurship across the African continent. With this year’s topic From Innovation to Imitation we will bring together around 500 enterprises, researchers, practitioners, investors, policy makers and representatives of the civil society to discuss how we could collaboratively utilize the replication of business models for successfully contributing to green growth and sustainable development in Africa.

To Register for SEEDS Africa Symposium (28-29 September 2016), please click here.

B2B Off-grid Matchmaking
29 September
Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi

Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE), in collaboration with the Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP), will host a B2B Off-grid Matchmaking event the day before IOREC on 29 September 2016 in Nairobi. The venue is the Pavilion room of the Safari Park Hotel, located Kasarani off Thika Road, P.O. Box 45038 - 00100 Nairobi, Kenya.

The event features structured B2B and B2Finance matchmaking sessions that will offer participants the opportunity to network and identify business partners and financiers, as well as advancing existing projects at different stages of maturity. It will be complemented by opening remarks from a high-level speaker, and presentations on the business services offered by ARE and the RECP.

The B2B event will mainly target businesses and financiers from Africa and Europe working in mini-/off-grid renewable energy markets in Africa. Confirmed participants will be invited to specify what type of partners they are looking for through an online platform prior to the event, which will be launched by end of August. More information will follow on the event page.

There is no participation fee for this event, but space is limited to 100 participants.

For expression of interest, please click Off-grid Matchmaking Event.