Claudio Pedretti, CEO of Windkinetic, company of the Friem Group, elected as ARE President

Windkinetic logo and Alliance for Rural Electrification logoMilano, 20 March 2020 – During the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) general meeting held on 17 March 2020, Claudio Pedretti has been elected as President of the Board of Directors, replacing the outgoing President Vivian Vendeirinho, who stepped back after one year of service.

Mr. Pedretti, with more than over 10 years of experience in industrial applications in demanding markets such as oil & gas, telecom, mining as well as rural electrification, will serve as ARE’s President until 2024.

I am proud and honored of being elected President of the oldest and largest off-grid industry association worldwide. I am especially proud to represent the interest of more than 150 members, companies (large and small), associations, NGOs which all together represent the largest part of what we call “rural electrification market””, declares Claudio Pedretti.

In the first act as President, Mr. Pedretti announced the new cooperation agreement between ARE and SACREEE (SADC Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency) based in Namibia with the aim to improve the energy access in Southern Africa.