ACERD officially launches operations
Founded in 2018, ACERD, the Association Congolaise pour les Energies Renouvelables et Décentralisées, DRC’s first renewable energy industry association, held its launch event in June. The event brought together a diverse group of stakeholders interested in growing the renewable energy sector and increasing the percentage of the population with access to energy. Among others, renewable energy companies, the Congolese government and international donors all attended.
ACERD’s 13 current members are principally focused either on small-scale solar systems or improved cookstoves. Members include local and international companies selling solar products like Altech and Congo Energy, and local and international companies selling improved cookstoves like Bascons and IMA Innovations. Earlier this year ACERD welcomed GOGLA as a member, while at the same time becoming a member of the global off-grid solar energy association based in the Netherlands.
ACERD’s president Denis Banlier spoke during the event highlighting the need for cooperation between the public and private sectors. He insisted that improvements to the business environment could further develop the private sector into a powerful engine of economic development. ACERD aspires to be the voice of the industry and, as an association of private industry, to foster sustainable economic development in the DRC.
The challenges of operating in the market which only has an estimated 9% of the population connected to the grid are significant , but the opportunities are equally large. ACERD in its first event following the launch hosted an investment forum highlighting those opportunities, titled The Renewable Energy Investment Opportunity in the DRC: Accessing the $1 Billion Market.
To strengthen its voice and ensure that all actors in the sector are heard, ACERD is looking to grow its membership base. If your company or a company you know is interested in discussing becoming a member, please contact ACERD directly via email@example.com.