The International Off-grid Renewable Energy Conference and Exhibition (IOREC), organised by the International Renewable Energy Agency, is the global platform for sharing experience and best practices on design and implementation of enabling policies, tailored financing schemes, innovative business models and technology applications for stand-alone and mini-grid systems.

The fourth edition of IOREC will take place in Singapore, on 31 October - 1 November 2018, as a co-located event with the Asia Clean Energy Summit, during Singapore International Energy Week. With over half a billion people in Asia still without access to electricity, the synergy with the ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting, chaired by Singapore in 2018, and with the Asia Clean Energy Summit, will highlight the role decentralised renewable energy solutions can play in electrification strategies in the region and beyond, as well as the role of off-grid renewable energy in achieving several of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Building on the success of the earlier editions, the 4th IOREC is expected to once again attract experts from around the world and across the off-grid renewable energy value chain, with representatives from policy-makers, rural electrification agencies, private sector, NGOs, academia, financing institutions and international organisations. Over the two-day event, the participants will deliberate on enabling policies, financing schemes, innovative business models and technology applications. Attention will be paid to the nexus between energy access and other key priorities such as food, water and health service. Furthermore, innovators, practitioners and entrepreneurs from the off-grid renewable energy space will have the opportunity to showcase their products and services in the exhibition, organised by the Alliance for Rural Electrification, which will run in parallel to the conference.

IOREC is convened every two years, with the first three editions of the event taking place in Accra, Ghana in 2012, followed by Manila, Philippines in 2014 and Nairobi, Kenya in 2016.



07:30 - 08:30
08:30 - 09:30
09:30 - 10:00
10:00 - 11:30
11:30 - 12:45
12:45 - 14:30
12:45 - 14:30

Sustainable Energy and Livelihoods

Side event
Organizer: SELCO Foundation

12:45 - 14:30

Closing the Human Capital Gap in Energy Access

Side event
Organizers: Power for All and IRENA

12:45 - 14:30

Solar irrigation: opportunities and challenges – International Water Management Institute

Side event
Organizer: International Water Management Institute

12:45 - 14:30

Project facilitation and funding opportunities for renewable energy projects

Side event
Organizer: IRENA

14:30 - 15:45
15:45 - 16:15
16:15 - 17:30
17:30 - 18:45

Inclusive financing frameworks for off-grid renewable energy solutions

Side event
Organizers: Hivos and IRENA 

17:30 - 18:45

Quality infrastructure for supporting global mini-grid market expansion

Side event
Organizer: IRENA

17:30 - 18:45

Supporting renewable energy entrepreneurship

Side event
Organizer: IRENA

18:45 - 21:30
09:00 - 10:30
10:30 - 11:00
11:00 - 12:30
12:30 - 14:15
12:30 - 14:15

Accelerating financially viable hydro mini-grids: A closer look at small-scale hydropower in South and Southeast Asia

Side event
Organizer: Hydro Empowerment Network

12:30 - 14:15

Renewable energy off-grid components of NDCs: Co-benefits for mitigation, adaptation, & SDGs

Side Event
Organizer: Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany

12:30 - 14:15

25 x 25 Collaborative: Market activation for energy access

Side event
Organizer: Practical Action

12:30 - 14:15

Accelerating renewable energy based electrification in small island contexts

Side event
Organizer: Department of Energy, Philippines

14:15 - 15:30
15:30 - 16:00
16:00 - 17:15
17:15 - 17:30
17:30 - 18:45
17:30 - 18:45

Developing Market Intelligence: Understanding what is really going on in Asian Markets

Side event
Organizer: REN21

17:30 - 18:45

17:30 - 18:45

18:45 - 21:00

Speakers & Biographies

Director-General IRENA

Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Singapore

Vice-Minister Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources Indonesia

Regional Director for Southeast Asia Enact partners

Senior Advisor SELCO Foundation

CEO SOSAI Renewable Energies Company

Access to Energy Strategy Director Schneider Electric

Director Power for All

Researcher Off-Grid Systems Reiner Lemoine Institut gGmbH

CEO IT Power India

Director of Design and Engineering Electric Vine Industries

Regional Director IEC Asia-Pacific Regional Centre

Business Development Director ME Solshare

General Manager Ergon Peru (Tozzi Green Group)

Former Executive Director Alternative Energy Promotion Centre Nepal

Management Consultant International Water Management Institute (IWMI)

Acting Director, Knowledge, Policy and Finance Centre IRENA

ASEAN Hydropower Competence Centre (HYCOM)

Director of Policy GOGLA

Founder Hydro Energy Concern Pvt. Ltd., Nepal

Chief, Energy Systems and Infrastructure Division UNIDO

Head, Regions; Acting Director, Country Support and Partnerships IRENA

Director of the Green Energy and Green Food Programs Hivos

Co-Founder SELCO Foundation

Director of Investment & Head of Advisory IDCOL

CEO Smart Power Myanmar - PACT

General Manager SAREBI

Director General REEEP

Economic Affairs Office, Energy Division ESCAP

Chairman Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore

Manager Electricity Generation and Markets Tanzanian Energy and Water Utilities Regulatory Authority

Executive Director Centre for Renewable Energy and Appropriate Technology (CREATE)

Deputy Director REIDS

Programme Officer, Renewable Energy and Finance IRENA

Head of Energy Factor

GIZ Advisor to Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation Building and Nuclear Safety

CEO SunFarmer Nepal

Managing Director Rahimafrooz Renewable Energy Limited

Executive Director and Founder IBEKA

Programme Development Manager Renewable Energy Hivos Foundation East Africa Kenya

Associate Programme Officer - Policy IRENA

General Manager Gham Power

Head of Frontier Markets BNEF

Winrock Foundation

Associate Professional, Knowledge, Policy and Finance IRENA

President Sustainable Energy Associates (SEA)

Director of Microgrid Operations Sparkmeter

Senior Energy Advisor Practical Action Kenya

Advisor Florence School of Regulation

Deputy Director IRENA Innovation and Technology IRENA

Director Strathmore Energy Research Centre

Associate Professional IRENA

Associate Director Corporate Finance Impact Investment Exchange IIX

CEO Skill Council for Green Jobs India

Fund Manager and Programme Coordinator Hivos

Energy Access Partnership & Innovation Manager Practical Action

Global Coordinator PFAN

Vice President (Specialized Project Lending)/ Head of Consulting DFCC Bank

Acting Manager ASEAN-German Energy Programme

Sustainable Development Program Manager & Adviser SNV

Division Chief Hydropower and Ocean Management Division, Department of Energy

Co-founder HPNET

Managing Partner Techno Trama Ambiental

President Alliance for Rural Electrification

Head, Partnerships and Technical Advisory Services IRENA

Director, Investments SunFunder

Executive Director Alliance for Rural Electrification

Outreach and Communication Manager REN21

Project Manager Green Energy Hivos

Managing Director Wollny Consulting

Assistant General Manager Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission Nigeria

Deputy Executive Secretary for Sustainable Development UNESCAP



The IOREC exhibition will take place in parallel with the Conference from the 31 October – 1 November 2018 and is organised by the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE). The exhibition serves as a showcase for the very latest off-grid technologies and the innovative approaches fuelling rapid deployment of decentralised renewable energy solutions.   

The exhibition is an important component of the IOREC and is open to all interested companies and organisations. In particular, private sector companies with cutting-edge products and projects are encouraged. IOREC presents one of the year’s most important opportunities to network and build influential partnerships with key global off-grid industry players.

More information

Do not miss out on your best opportunity to connect and network with the most influential group of off-grid professionals this year.

The Exhibition is an opportunity for companies to:

  • Present their products and projects;
  • Showcase the latest off-grid technologies and know-how;
  • Raise your profile in developing markets, especially in Asia;
  • Generate new business leads with rural electrification agencies, private sector, financing institutions, development agencies and international organisations;
  • Demonstrate their commitment to the collective and ongoing commitment of ARE and UN’s ‘Sustainable Energy for All’ initiative and Sustainable Development Goal (SDG7).

If you would like to book a stand, kindly contact:

Ling Ng
Communications & Marketing Officer

Alliance for Rural Electrification

Download the registration form 


Renewable Energy Solutions for Healthcare Facilities

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is organising the 1st International Conference on Renewable Energy for Healthcare which is to be held in Singapore on 2 November 2018 immediately after the 4th International Off-Grid Renewable Energy Conference and Exhibition (IOREC). The conference will be a unique opportunity to discuss challenges to the deployment of renewables for health centers, present successful case studies and identify technical, regulatory, policy, and financial options which can accelerate the deployment of renewable energy for the electrification of health centres in rural communities.


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Past Editions

  • 2016
    Nairobi, Kenya 30 September – 01 October 2016

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

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  • 2014
    Manila, Philippines 16 – 17 June 2014

    The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) co-organised the 2nd International Off-grid Renewable Energy Conference and Exhibition (IOREC) in Manila, Philippines on the 16-17 of June 2014.

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  • 2012
    Accra, Ghana 01 – 02 November 2012

    The first International Off-Grid Renewable Energy Conference (IOREC), organized by IRENA along with the ECOWAS Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) and the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE), was held in Accra, Ghana on 1 and 2 November 2012.

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Exhibition Organiser


Getting to the venue

Marina Bay Sands is linked directly to Bayfront MRT Station (CE1/DT16) along the Circle Line/Downtown Line.

By Public Bus

Monday- Sunday: 97/97E, 106, 133, 502/502A, 518/518A
Friday, Saturday: NR1, NR6

Valet Parking

Available at Hotel Tower 1 and Casino Entrance (Accessible to cars only).