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PPAF’s Solar Energy Mini-Grid Projects wins Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) Award

March 13, 2018


Mr. Ernesto Macías, President, Alliance for Rural Electrification presenting the ARE 2018 Award for the Best Off-Grid Project to Mr. Nafees Ahmad Khan, General Manager- Renewable Energy Unit, PPAF.


PPAF’s Solar Energy Mini-Grid Projects funded by KfW and implemented by its partner organisations, namely; NRSP, CMDO, and SABAWON has won the prestigious Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) Award 2018 in Best Off-Grid Project Category.

The project comprises 68 state of the art solar energy mini-grid projects implemented in Lakki Marwat, Swabi and Karak districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The winning project will benefit over 3500 beneficiaries while an estimated 515 tons of CO2 emissions will avoided annually through these projects.

ARE 2018 awards were announced on eve of 4th Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) Energy Investment Forum held on March 13-15, 2018 in Catania, Italy and attended by over 250 participants representing renewable energy sector (https://www.ruralelec.org/press-releases/fostering-investment-breaking-down-barriers-and-data-transparency-help-drive-grid). The event was organised in partnership with Renewable Energy Solutions for the Mediterranean and Africa (RES4MED) and the Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP). ARE awards for 2018 comprised of seven different categories for which over 100 projects from around the world were submitted for these awards. PPAF’s Solar Energy Mini-Grid Project was awarded “Best Off-Grid” project for 2018. Mr. Nafees Ahmad Khan, General Manager- Renewable Energy Unit, represented PPAF in the event and received the award.

Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) represents the decentralized clean energy sector with its members consisting of whole value chain of renewable energy sector. Founded in 2006, ARE works as an international forum to advance access to clean energy and energy services in developing and emerging countries.