Off-grid renewable energy association, the Brussels-based Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE), has appointed a new Secretary General.
Marcus Wiemann is a German economist with wide experience of public and corporate affairs in the energy sector.
Wiemann, 41, has previously worked in Brussels as Director of European Affairs for OGP, the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers,
He also worked as the Head of Representative Offices for Elektrizitaetswerke Weser Ems (EWE), a major German utility with a focus on renewables and smart grid solutions, and for Verbubdnetz Gas, a German specialist in international gas and storage solutions.
Mr Wiemann's appointment was confirmed at the ARE's annual general assembly in Brussels on Thursday. An official announcement is expected next week.
He replaces the respected Simon Rolland who served ARE as Secretary General for the past two years.
Speaking to PV-Tech, Mr Wiemann said: “I am confident of helping the ARE push for a significant expansion in the off-grid sector, promote the industry in its efforts to market already available technological solutions and better position the organisation by sharpening its work with identified key partners.”
ARE has 68 member companies and associations and has estimated the global market potential for sustainable energy supply to regions with poor access to electricity grids at up to €240 billion.
ARE President Ernesto Macias said: “The market has changed. Renewable energy is competitive now. The issue is how we get this message across to politicians, legislators and decision makers.”