Energy storage key to rural power

The need for off-grid energy storage is being promoted by groups such as the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE). Photo credit: ACCIONA Microenergía Perú
The need for off-grid energy storage is being promoted by groups such as the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE). Photo credit: ACCIONA Microenergía Perú
ACCIONA Microenergía Perú – a case study for the ARE Energy Storage Campaign

Photo credit: ACCIONA Microenergía Perú – providing basic access to electricity for households in rural areas through solar systems. A case study in the ARE Energy Storage Campaign.

The Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE), the only international business association focusing on the promotion and development of off-grid renewable energy solutions for rural electrification in developing countries and emerging markets, this week launches a new energy storage campaign.

The initiative aims to inform decision makers about the value of using storage technologies in off-grid renewable energy solutions and as grid backup for rural electrification. “Energy storage is currently in the spotlight”, says Marcus Wiemann, ARE secretary general.

“Batteries can ease the path towards deeper penetration of renewable energy technologies by ensuring reliability, efficiency and price-competitiveness of electricity services. There is no doubt that this technology will play a key role to achieve universal access to electricity.”

During the six-month campaign, ARE will approach energy sector decision makers and local stakeholders through workshops, business delegations and webinars to assess their country’s or community’s energy needs, fill information gaps and share best practices on energy storage.

The pillar of this initiative is a paper titled Using batteries to ensure clean, reliable and affordable universal electricity access.

Developed by ARE with its members, this document includes recommendations and applications of different battery technologies, as well as case studies from India, Bangladesh, Jordan, Peru and Mozambique.

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