Data on markets is crucial to help energy entrepreneurs find customers, but in developing countries, that information can be hard to access. A new mapping system and other tools help identify areas where demand is concentrated.
For communities across sub-Saharan Africa, a consistent and affordable supply of electricity can open new possibilities for socioeconomic progress. Mini-grids—electrical generation and distribution systems of less than 10 megawatts—can play a role. These decentralized technologies are expected...
Tanzania Energy Access Maps is an interactive tool that allows users to explore economic indicators and energy sector data in Tanzania’s regions and districts. Energy entrepreneurs and electricity planners in Tanzania can use the maps to identify areas most viable for investments in clean energy.
More than 180,000 rural residents get electricity through Tanzania's mini-grids. A new WRI report details how this promising technology has expanded, and examines its potential for other sub-Saharan nations.
Accelerating access to affordable, reliable, clean energy
Electricity planners often confront the energy access gap by increasing supply, without considering how consumers actually use and pay for electricity. Creating a lasting solution is actually far more complicated.
WRI energy experts Lily Odarno and Sanjoy Sanyal discuss how advances in data, technology and finance can bring power to the 600 million sub-Saharan Africans lacking access.
More than 600 million people in sub-Saharan Africa lack access to electricity; 71 million in Kenya and Tanzania alone. Rentable solar systems can provide a safe, affordable solution, but they haven't taken off – yet.
The solution to the challenge of financing the scale-up of Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG) energy access lies not so much in the development of new initiatives but in the use and redirection of existing approaches for PAYG, particularly the use of credit guarantees, lines of credit, technical assistance,...