+++Postscript: Missed the event? Recordings and presentations from are available here.+++
4 February 2021 | The Alliance for Rural Electrification, in cooperation with GET.invest, held its first ever Technology & Innovation Forum (TIF 2021) on 27-28 January 2021. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the event was held virtually.
The two-day forum attracted over 1,000 registrations including energy experts as well as a diverse group of stakeholders, financial institutions, and civil societies. Speakers at the virtual event discussed innovation as a key driver of economic growth, development, as well as climate mitigation and adaptation. In emerging markets, new high-quality and modular technologies, such as AI, advanced GIS mapping, remote monitoring, new control software and systems, as well as innovative energy storage solutions and productive use applications are helping drive last-mile rural electrification with decentralised renewable energy (DRE).
David Lecoque, CEO of ARE said: “At ARE we see innovation as essential to the future of the sector DRE sector and as key driver of economic growth and development in rural communities, as well as climate mitigation and adaptation.”
Dr. Deborah Cornland, Programme Manager & Energy Specialist at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) confirms: “Continued innovation, expansion of renewable energy system capacity, and improvements to existing energy systems are critical to economic and social development. They are pre-requisites to achieving access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all. Sida is proud to have supported this event through the GET.invest programme.”