01 October 2016| Articles
Nearly 600 off-grid renewable energy practitioners and leaders from the public and private sector are gathering in Nairobi, Kenya this weekend for the third International Off-Grid Renewable Energy Conference (IOREC). Organized by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in partnership with the Kenya Ministry of Energy and Petroleum and the Alliance for Rural Electrification, the objective of IOREC is to boost electricity access through the development of off-grid renewables.
Speaking at the opening session, IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin stressed the important role for off-grid renewables as a critical tool for empowering development. “Access to electricity is a central building block for socio-economic development. It empowers communities to increase income and productivity, gain access to healthcare and education, enhance water and food security, and improve general well-being,” said Mr. Amin.
IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin addresses opening of International Off-Grid Renewable Energy Conference
“Thankfully, a confluence of factors including cost declines and technology innovations, are making it more possible than ever to achieve universal electricity access through off-grid renewables,” Mr. Amin added.
Highlighting new developments in off-grid renewables emerging throughout the world, Mr. Amin suggested these examples "not only demonstrate how the penetration of off-grid renewable energy solutions is expanding energy access around the world, they suggest that the traditional access story we are familiar with might need to be revisited."
Some of those numbers include:
"The story of energy access that we would like to highlight today – one of incredible promise and opportunity, and one that is happening all over the world – is perhaps best exemplified by these powerful numbers," said Mr. Amin.
To see photos from the event, please visit the IOREC album at IRENA's Flickr page.