Tuesday, August 28, 2018


12:00 pm - 04:00 pm


Expo Center Norte, White Pavillon,


Workshop Room White Pavilion

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Workshop: ARE Offgrid Workshop: Empowering Communities Through Energy Access

12:00 pm
12:10 pm

Opening Remarks - Setting the Scene

Gioia Müller-Russo, Project Manager, Intersolar South America, Solar Promotion International GmbH

12:10 pm
12:20 pm

Welcome by ARE / Presentation of Key Findings of Access to Energy Services Publication through Renewable Sources in LAC

Unai Arrieta, ARE Member

12:20 pm
12:30 pm

Opening Statements + Keynotes - Market Overview with Main Initiatives in the Sector. Insights on the Current Status, Challenges and Prospects

Javier Cuervo, Senior Energy Specialist, IDB

12:30 pm
01:15 pm

What Support is Needed for Rural Communities to Access Clean Energy?

- Unai Arrieta, Project Manager, Trama Tecnoambiental (TTA; Moderator)
- Alfonso Blanco Bonilla, Executive Secretary, OLADE
- Ruchi Soni, Manager of Energy Access, UN Foundation
- Rodrigo Paris, Head of LAC region, Barefoot college

01:15 pm
02:00 pm

Real-world Business Models and New Innovations in Off-grid Services

- Marco Tulio Breves, Solar Training Developer, LEDSafari (Moderator)
- Giorgiana Freitas, Generation Management Manager, CELPA
- Breno Marques Gasper, Engineer of Distribution, Generation Management, CELPA
- André Lira, Director, CULTIVE
- Carlos Villar, President & CEO, Hins Energia S.A.
- Abdoulaye BA, Project & Business Development Manager, COSEER (Senegal)

02:00 pm
02:45 pm

Financing Structures and De-risking Instruments for Off-grid Solutions in LAC and Future Prospects

- Javier Cuervo, Senior Energy Specialist, IDB (Moderator)
- Ana Isabel Moreno, Project Manager, EnDev - GIZ / GIZ Brazil
- Ariel Bergmann, Economist, University of Dundee
- Ricardo Ivan Braghittoni, Sales Manager Connectors, Stäubli Electrical Connectors AG
- Kaysar Ahmed Saqor, Senior Minigrid Expert in RE Technology, INENSUS GmbH

02:45 pm
04:00 pm

Closing Remarks Followed by Networking Reception


ARE is organising a half-day Off-Grid workshop focused on empowering communities through clean energy access.The workshop will be concluded with a networking session to promote private-sector involvement and cross-fertilisation between local SMEs, financiers and international companies