Tanzania Energy Access Maps is a web-based tool that can help energy entrepreneurs and electricity planners identify potential markets for distributed clean energy in Tanzania. The tool enables the spatial exploration of indicators for electrification status, economic buoyancy and mini-grid infrastructure. The tool draws on data from Tanzania’s 2012 Population and Housing Census and 2016 Energy Access Situation Report as well as mini-grid locations provided by the Tanzania Traditional Energy Development Organization (TaTEDO).
Tanzania Energy Access Maps visualizes data for three key determinants of market viability for distributed electricity options:
- Energy need: percentage of households lacking access to electricity;
- Economic buoyancy: ownership of livestock, radios and iron roofing as proxies of ability to pay for or invest in clean energy);
- Mobile phone penetration: indicates potential to adopt pay-as-you-go service delivery models.
Users can explore these attributes by region or district to find areas most viable for electricity access implementation efforts. Regions and districts that lack electricity but are economically buoyant are likely to have residents with the economic freedom to invest in clean energy. These areas are likely to attract private investment in clean energy. Conversely, areas that lack access to electricity but are economically vulnerable are least likely to attract private investments. Public support will be needed to meet electrification needs in such areas.