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Alliance for Rural Electrification partners Power Africa to enable affordable electricity for households

AFRICA – The Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) has partnered with Power Africa to enable clean, reliable and affordable electricity generation for households, essential services and businesses, as well as help unlock the necessary financial resources for the DRE market to expand.

Mark Carrato, Power Africa Coordinator, said the partnership with ARE reinforces their shared commitments to increase access to clean, reliable and affordable energy and advance the productive use of renewable energy.

“We look forward to working with ARE to increase the adoption of decentralised renewable energy which is so critical to achieving renewable energy targets in sub-Saharan Africa and globally,” he added.

The partnership will focus on achieving the Power Africa objectives of adding 30,000MW of installed generation capacity and 60 million new home and business connections in Sub-Saharan Africa. Also on the agenda is ARE’s recently launched Energy Compact.

This pledges to enable the private sector to deliver sustainable electricity services to 500+ million additional people, catalyse the creation of a minimum of 5 million green jobs and avoid at least 1 billion tonnes of CO2e emissions by 2030.

The collaboration will extend to facilitating networking opportunities, capacity building, market intelligence, development of knowledge products and guidelines and/or technical assistance to increase the adoption of decentralised renewable energy (DRE) in sub-Saharan Africa.

David Lecoque, CEO of ARE underlined that the Alliance are “thrilled to partner with Power Africa and look forward to collaborating to advance electricity access and sustainable development through DRE in Sub-Saharan Africa” continuing that the goals of the two organisations are aligned and will contribute to “work towards reaching SDG-7 by 2030.”

Recently, Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) to strengthen their existing cooperation on rural electrification and universal access to energy.

The MoU was signed in the margins of the fifth International Off-grid Renewable Energy Conference (IOREC) by IRENA Director-General Francesco La Camera and ARE Chief Executive Officer David Lecoque.

Off-grid renewable energy solutions provide an opportunity to achieve universal access to energy without undermining climate goals, making them critical to achieving a just energy transition.

According to IRENA, decentralized renewables create employment opportunities in productive uses ranging from agri-food and healthcare to communications and commerce in local communities.

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