EAE is an online, open-source, interactive platform that will enable clean energy entrepreneurs, energy planners, donors, and development-oriented institutions in the health, education, agriculture sectors in Zambia to identify priority areas (at 1 km2 resolution) where energy access can be expanded and linked to socio-economic development. EAE synthesizes several geospatial data on demographics, social and productive uses of electricity, resource availability, power infrastructure, environment, and finance services and allows users to carry out custom multi-criteria decision analysis on-the-fly. Beyond its visualization and analytical capabilities, EAE functions as an adaptable, dynamic information system (following certain data standards) which reduces data transaction costs for both data providers and users.

The purpose of the meeting was to share progress to date with key stakeholders in the country (including the Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Health, Rural Electrification Authority, Solar Industry Association of Zambia, Off-Grid Task Force, ZESCO among others) and receive feedback to continue developing the platform in a way that reflects the user needs in the country.

An official public launch is anticipated later in 2021.

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