Full name:Nijland, Caroline


Ms. Caroline Nijland is General Director of Foundation Rural Energy Services (FRES) in The Netherlands. Since 2007, her principal responsibilities are to find funding for the implementation of rural electrification activities in Sub-Saharan Africa (solar home systems and solar/hybrid mini-grids) and to implement rural electrification activities. As a board member of the five FRES companies in 5 African countries, she supervises their operations to ensure operational excellence. She works closely with international/national government and development institutions. Since February 2014, she is Vice-President / member of the Board of the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) in Brussels. She became involved in the field of rural electrification in Sub-Saharan Africa and sustainable development in 2000 and has extensive experience in setting up and managing small scale electricity companies in this field as well as in legal, regulatory, financial and operation aspects. 


Foundation Rural Energy Services (FRES) advances rural electrification in developing countries. By setting up small-scale commercial electricity companies in areas without a connection to the national electricity grid, FRES offers households and small companies access to electricity preferably derived from solar energy. FRES Netherlands provides the expertise and investments needed for the FRES businesses to start up, grow, and most importantly, become self-reliant. Five FRES companies operate in the following African countries: Mali, South Africa, Burkina Faso, Uganda, Guinea Bissau. http://www.fres.nl.