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). The conference brought together over 550 stakeholders from across the off-grid renewable energy value chain, including representatives from rural electrification agencies, ministries in charge of renewable energy development, private sector, academia, financing institutions and international organisations.

IOREC 2016 hosted stimulating discussions on different facets of off-grid renewable energy deployment. Key messages and findings from the conference are outlined in the IOREC outcome paper:

Accelerating Off-grid Renewable Energy IOREC 2016: Key Findings and Recommendations

Three major IRENA reports were launched at the Conference:

In parallel with the Conference, ARE organized 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 took 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.

Programme Overview

The conference brought together over 550 stakeholders from across the off-grid renewable energy value chain, including representatives from rural electrification agencies, ministries in charge of renewable energy development, private sector, academia, financing institutions and international organisations.



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Director-General IRENA
Coordinator Power Africa
Co-founder and CEO Sunlabob Renewable Energy, Ltd.
CEO FUNAE - Mozambique
CTO & Co-Founder SunCulture
General Manager Futurepump
Director of Global Advocacy Power for All
SE4ALL Africa Hub Coordinator African Development Bank (AfDB)
Managing Director Parallax - Sustainable Development Solutions
Associate Director and senior fellow | The Energy and Resource Institute(TERI) India
Associate Programme Officer IRENA
Founder and Chairman Bright Green Energy Foundation Bangladesh
Associate Programme Officer IRENA
East Africa Director Acumen
Government Relations Specialist One Acre Fund Kenya
Regional Director IEC- AFRC
Director General EWURA, Tanzania
Analyst, RE Technology, Standards and Markets, IITC IRENA
Regional Director IEC-AFRC
Senior Director of New markets OFF GRID ELECTRIC
Director of International Relations - Access to Energy Energias de Portugal (EDP)
Managing Director and CEO Sosai Renewable Energies
Managing Director | SELCO India
Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Energy & Petroleum Kenya
Professor Strathmore University
Co-Founder and CEO Sustenersol Company Ltd
CEO and Co-Founder M- KOPA
Industrial Development Officer UNIDO
Hub Manager East Africa GIZ
Senior Energy Advisor and Lead, Beyond the Grid USAID | Power Africa
Global Energy Representative Practical Action
Founder and CEO Solafrique
General Manager Touba Solar Rama
Executive Director Alliance for Rural Electrification
Sector Leader and Senior Advisor Renewable Energy SNV
Director General Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP)
Project Manager Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP)
Executive Secretary Energy Commission, Ghana
Technical Officer World Health Organization
Advisor OSINERGMIN | Peru
Clean Energy Advisor US Department of State
Co-founder and Managing Director | INENSUS Germany
Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Technical Advisor ECREEE
CEO Pamoja Cleatech
Chairman Lake View Fisheries
Global Sales Manager Microgrids ABB
Investment Advisory Services Director Energy 4 Impact
Head Energy and Climate Change Division University of Southampton
Head of Policy Unit and Deputy Director – Knowledge, Policy and Finance IRENA
Former Member of Governing Council, IHITC A Government of Rajasthan Enterprise
Director of Private Sector Cooperation at adelphi / Director Operations SEED
Research Coordinator REN21
Senior Programme Officer IRENA
Senior Fellow US Department of Energy
Regional Program Officer for Sub Saharan Africa IRENA
Deputy Head - Policy Unit IOREC Coordinator IRENA
General manager East Africa Azuri technologies
Senior Energy Innovation Advisor UK Department for International Development (DFID)
Associate Director Rockefeller Foundation
Head SME / Value Chain Banking ECOBANK NIGERIA
Director of Strategic Initiatives All Power Labs
Founder and Managing Director RVE.SOL
CEO SolarNow
Programme Director Energy & Environment Partnership (EEP)
Socio Director / Associated Manager / Soci Director Trama TecnoAmbiental (TTA)


Policies and regulations for private sector renewable energy mini-grids
Renewable Mini-Grids Innovation Outlook
Renewable Energy Benefits: Decentralised Solutions in the Agri-food Chain
Energy Transformation Promising innovative mini-grid technologies
Developing Quality Infrastructure for Off-grid Systems
Efficiency for Access: Coupling Efficient Appliances with Off-Grid & Mini-Grid Solutions to Accelerate Universal Energy Access
Intelligent Automation in Small Solar Home Systems
Business Case for Low-Carbon Micro-grids
Financing Mini-grids in Africa
Working beyond SDG3 for health: the example of health facility electrification and SDG7
Solar Mini-Grid Economics
Solar Economics of solar and solar-hybrid mini-grids
Economics of rural Micro-grids
IRENA's Project Navigator and IRENA's Sustainable Energy Marketplace
International Electrotechnical Commission
Country Support on the Deployment of Decentralised Renewable Energy Applications
Access to Affordable Energy for Productive use
Opportunities for Agri-Food Chains to become Energy-smart
Emerging technology solutions for offgrid renewable energy systems

Outcome Paper

Key message and findings from the conference are outlined in the IOREC outcome paper


The Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) organised an Exhibition in parallel with the Conference from the 30 September – 1 October 2016. The Exhibition provided the private sector with the opportunity to present its products & projects and showcase the technologies & know-how at the

Why Exhibition?

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

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

There are 20 stands are currently available

Stand Prices ARE members: 1,750 EUR NON-ARE members: 2,500 EUR

For Exhibition FAQs, please click here

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.

Pre IOREC Events

SEED Africa Symposium
28 – 29 September 2017 Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya

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’ SEED brought 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.

B2B Off-grid Matchmaking
29 September 2016 11:30 – 20:30 Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi

Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE), in collaboration with the Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP), hosted a B2B Off-grid Matchmaking event the day before IOREC on 29 September 2016 in Nairobi.

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

The B2B event mainly targeted businesses and financiers from Africa and Europe working in mini-/off-grid renewable energy markets in Africa. More information is available on the event page.