By definition Off-the-grid is a system and lifestyle designed to help people function without the support of remote infrastructure, such as an electrical grid. In electricity, off-grid can be stand-alone power system or mini-grids/micro-grids typically to provide a smaller community with electricity. Off-Grid energy solutions are specially vital for communities in which the grid extensions are not possible due to economic, environmental, and geographical reasons.
Therefore, there are many stakeholders coming together to find and implement effective off-grid energy solutions. UN Energy and its partners, entities like IEEE, ASME, ASHRAE, and many member states are leading this discussion. We see many conferences across the world today take this topic into discussion. Among these platforms, the International Off-Grid Renewable Energy Conference and Exhibition (IOREC) is a 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.