SolarPower Europe and GOGLA launch the NREA toolkit – A Guide for National Renewable Energy Associations. The toolkit was developed with the support of the Transforming Energy Access for Households and Improved Livelihoods Programme (TEA) funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and GET.invest, a European programme which mobilises investments in decentralised renewable energy, supported by the European Union, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands and Austria. The toolkit was also developed in strategic partnership with the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) and launched at the 6th Energy Access Investment Forum, organised by ARE and supported by GET.invest.
The toolkit provides guidance to existing national renewable energy associations (NREAs) with a comprehensive and practical resource to help strengthen their efforts in supporting the growth of the solar energy sector, and provides guidance to those considering establishing a new NREA. The purpose of the toolkit is to support NREAs in their activities. These include developing, improving and sustaining their services to their members; investing in practicing high standards of management and good governance; and taking measures to assure their sustainability over the long term. It aims to support NREAs to continue to be strong advocates for the growth of the solar energy sector.Information in the toolkit comes primarily from a literature review of business membership organisation or industry association management. It is enriched with practical experiences from the two industry associations, SolarPower Europe and GOGLA.