|| The International Off-Grid Renewable Energy Conference and Exhibition (IOREC) is the global platform dedicated to sharing experience, sharing best practices, identifying synergies and forging partnerships in off-grid renewable energy. Convened every two years, the first IOREC was held in Accra, Ghana in 2012, followed by Manila, Philippines in 2014 and Nairobi, Kenya in 2016. The 4th edition of IOREC will be held in Singapore on October 31 – November 1, 2018, during the Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW), 2018. With over half a billion people in Asia still without access to electricity, the synergy with the ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting, chaired by Singapore in 2018, and with the Asia Clean Energy Summit, will greatly help highlight the role decentralised renewable energy solutions can play in electrification strategies in the region and beyond, as well as the role of off-grid renewable energy in achieving several of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Building on the success of the earlier editions, the 4th IOREC is expected to once again attract experts from around the world and across the off-grid renewable energy value chain, with representatives from policy-makers, rural electrification agencies, private sector, NGOs, academia, financing institutions and international organisations. Over the two-day event, the participants will deliberate on enabling policies, financing schemes, innovative business models and technology applications. Attention will be paid to the nexus between energy access and other key priorities such as food, water and health service. Furthermore, innovators, practitioners and entrepreneurs from the off-grid renewable energy space will have the opportunity to showcase their products and services in the exhibition, organised by the Alliance for Rural Electrification, which will run in parallel to the conference.