There are approximately two billion people worldwide who have no access to electricity. Electrification is an important strategic element for the promotion of rural areas in developing countries.Freiburg, Germany – May 20, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] Concepts and technologies for the decentralized supply with electric energy can be a key to combating poverty, population growth and urbanization. Photovoltaics and other renewable energies play a central role in this strategy because they pose an economically sensible alternative through providing small, evenly distributed units. German companies have excellent products and services to offer to these markets. These are based on many years of development, sound know-how and practical experience. At Intersolar 2003, taking place in Freiburg June 27-29, German companies will be presenting their products and services at two special events which will allow visitors to gain a comprehensive and viable impression within a short space of time. Organized by the “Club for Rural Electrification C.L.E.”, the industry forum for “Photovoltaics and Rural Electrification” will allow companies to give short presentations about their products and services. Contact to those companies can be made within specialized guided tours of the fair and a special exhibition organized by the German Energy Agency and the Industry Association for Solar Energy (BSi). The special exhibition will be showing concepts for photovoltaic lighting systems, solar home systems, electricity supply for villages, installations for the supply and treatment of water and much more. It will also show devices using DC technology with particularly low energy consumption.