The Philippines Mini-grid B2B Forum primarily aims to identify invest opportunities in renewable energy mini-grids. In addition to sharing knowledge on the latest industry developments and innovative technical solutions, the event seeks to link key players in the Philippine energy sector such as electric cooperatives with international experts and potential financiers.
Organised by the Philippine Department of Energy (DOE) and the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) through the support of the European Union through its Access to Sustainable Energy Programme (ASEP), the Forum is in line with the objectives of the UN 'Sustainable Energy for All' initiative. As an attached agency of the DOE, the Philippines National Electrification Administration (NEA) is one of the supporting organisations.
The Forum will bring together more than 200 local and international players in the off-grid electrification sector. These include technology providers, project developers and investors, as well as local electric cooperatives and other government agencies including the NEA, National Power Corporation and the Energy Regulatory Commission. Participants from local governments, foundations, research institutions and grassroots organisations are also expected to attend.
The following ARE Members are keen on building mini-grid partnerships in the Philippines:
- Ankur Scientific
- Crowd Credit
- Energo Labs
- Infinite Fingers
- NRECA International
- Plug The Sun
- Reiner Lemoine Institut
- RT SOFT
- Schneider Electric
- SD Wind Energy
- SMA Sunbelt Energy
- SNV Netherlands Development Organisation
- Sterling and Wilson Private Limited
- Studer Innotec
The Forum will feature:
- High-level discussions
- Regulatory advisory session
- Technical training sessions
- Pitches from Philippine electric cooperatives
- B2B matchmaking sessions
Context of the Philippines Mini-Grid B2B Forum
The Philippines offers tremendous potential for the implementation of new clean energy mini-grids and for hybridisation of existing island diesel mini-grids or power plants with its 7,641 islands and around 400 MW of diesel generating capacity installed in over 320 off-grid missionary areas.Meanwhile, the government is reviewing current policy and regulatory procedures that will streamline the process on Qualified Third Parties (QTP) and New Power Producer (NPP) investments. This will pave the way for collaboration between electric cooperatives and private sector players which could provide innovative and competitive energy access solutions to answer the country's off-grid power supply challenge.