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NRECA International

Base of operations (headquarters)

Washington, D.C area

Who we are

NRECA International is a non-profit rural development services organization that promotes rural economic development by providing access to safe, reliable and affordable electricity. Since 1962, NRECA International has helped establish more than 250 power utilities and electric cooperatives in 48 countries. This is done by implementing electrification programs and projects, empowering more than 160 million people worldwide.

What we do

  • Electric cooperative enterprise start-up and development.
  • National electrification program planning.
  • Geospatial platform development & implementation for electrification and investment planning.
  • Mini-grid & stand-alone renewable energy design and implementation.
  • Rural utility institutional design and development.
  • Distribution system and substation design and construction supervision.
  • Utility operations and maintenance.
  • Utility loss reduction plans and implementation.
  • Procurement and tender process support for electrification projects.
  • Design & implementation of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) applications for improved commercial control, data collection, and system planning.
  • Training utility management, technical and administrative personnel.

Geographic scope

Africa – Angola, Benin, Burundi, Central African Republic, Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Asia-Pacific – Bangladesh, Papua New Guinea, Philippines

Americas – Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Haiti


Bilateral Aid/Government agencies: USAID, United States Government, Government of Norway, Government of Belgium

Foundations: Private sector mini-grid developers and investors, Sustainable Energy for All

Multilateral Aid: World Bank, Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, African Development Bank

Others: NRECA’s member cooperatives, CoBank, National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation, Federated Rural Electric Insurance Exchange, Individual donors

Year of foundation


General Contact

Contact Name: Frank Bergh

Title or Position: Senior Electrical Engineer

Email: frankbergh@nreca-intl.org

General Contact

Contact Name: James Walsh

Title or Position: Director for Business Development

Email: james.walsh@nreca.coop