Workshop at the Pan-African Parliament

August 15-16, 2013 – Midrand, South Africa


Climate Change, Poverty and Energy – Is renewable energy the solution for Africa?

AREA Steering Committee member, Joseph Nganga and AREA Secretary General, Ansgar Kiene speaking at workshop convened by the World Future Council, the Heinrich Böll Stiftung and Climate Parliament.




Small PV-Applications – Rural Electrification and Commercial Use

June 17-18, 2013 – Ulm, Germany

PV-ApplicationsAREA is Supporting Organisation of the 3rd Symposium: Small PV-Applications
The Small PV Symposium, a specialized niche conference explicitly focused on all types of small off-grid PV applications (with typical sizes from 1-5 Wp for solar lanterns to 10-100 kWp for some industrial applications). This is by far the largest segment of the total PV off-grid market.



Securing Africa’s Renaissance

24 May, 2013 – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia



AREA Steering Committee member Hervé Azemtsa speking at the conference
In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Organisation of African Unity/ African Union.




African Development Bank Group Annual Meetings

27-31 May, 2013 – Marrakech, Morocco

AfDBGroupAREA Steering Committee member Zohra Abib representing AREA
The AfDB approves a Ten-Year Strategy for Africa’s Transformation
“The Strategy reaffirms the Bank’s strategic choices around infrastructure, economic integration and the private sector. It charts the way towards inclusive growth that spans age, gender and geography…” Donald Kaberuka.
Find out more

Sustainable Energy Network Ghana (SENG) launched

May 15, 2013 – Accra, Ghana


AREA and the UN Foundation jointly support the establishment of SENG as first country affiliate of the global Energy Access Practitioner Network within the SE4ALL Initiative

SENG is a network established to support the work of decentralized energy service providers in Ghana, and to serve as a platform to influence policy, increase advocacy for renewable energy, and strengthen the work of companies and non-profits delivering energy services in off-grid areas of the country. AREA Steering Committe members Ansgar Kiene, Gifty Baaba Asmah & Mahama Kappiah were present.

Read the press release

Pathways to 100% Renewable Energy

April 16, 2013 – San Fransisco, USA

100perCentAREA is Supporting Organisation of the first international conference in the U.S. focused on 100% renewable energy targets and solutions. 100% renewable energy is rapidly becoming the new normal energy mix. This is not a pipe dream. Millions of people on the local, regional, and national levels are stepping into a new 100% renewable reality. And reaping economic, environmental, and personal benefits.

The conference website here



Renewable Energy Policy Handbook launched

March 18, 2013 Johannesburg, South Africa


You can dowload the PDF version here.

See Joseph Nganga, co-author of the study and AREA Steering Committee member presenting the key findings at the launch event here.



Introduction of AREA membership

February 2013


Introduction of AREA membership fee & benefit scheme.





AREA media partner

February 19-20, 2013 – New York, USA