In early December 2015, GOGLA - Global Off-Grid Lighting Association signed a Memorandum of Understanding with ARE - The Alliance for Rural Electrification. Under this MoU, GOGLA and ARE have agreed to collaborate in the following areas:
In early December, GOGLA and ARE also joined forces to underline the crucial role renewable energies can play to help achieve the objectives of COP21 and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. In the statement, both parties welcome efforts by the European Commission to facilitate clean rural electrification projects through its new facility, the Electrification Financing Initiative (ElectriFI).
This financial instrument, which was elaborated in consultation with industry and development financiers, is a flexible tool aiming to support investments by providing access to reliable, affordable and sustainable electricity and energy services in developing countries. An initial EUR 75 million funding has already been committed by the European Commission (press release).