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Friday, 20 December 2019 07:01

A study of mini-grids in Tanzania and Madagascar

This report was produced by Danish Energy Management (DEM) on behalf of the European Commission. This study analyses the achievements made in six mini-grid projects supported by the ACP-EU Energy Facility in Tanzania and Madagascar to understand the increase in PUE and the impact that energy access has had:

- SDG1: Mini-grid access has improved the quality of life for 70% of the communities that have been connected to the mini-grid in Tanzania and Madagascar. A quarter of households reported that they had more disposable income, which was primarily spent on food and school fees. Twenty percent of households reported an improvement in health services.

- SDG5: As users of energy, women value convenience and lighting for studying, as well as the time saved from travelling to charge mobile phones. Women entrepreneurs report being empowered to provide additional services dependent on electricity and an enthusiasm to expand their businesses, despite a self-reported lack of knowledge or finances.

- SDG7: The introduction of electricity access to the six projects areas has resulted in a 97% reduction in the use of kerosene and 89% reduction in the use of battery powered torches. Solar home system usage reduced by 90%, indicating that the quality of light and convenience is valued cost.

- SDG8: The workforce of the MSMEs interviewed had increased by 2.5 times, which they attributed primarily to a more diverse portfolio of activities to meet local demand, and increased revenue. The opportunity to become self-employed was valued, both due to the independence to determine how much time was spent on which activities but also due to a better income per hour of work put in.

For more information, please download the report from DEM.

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Africa is among the strongest solar resources in the world, it also brings tremendous opportunities to the solar and energy storage industry. The great market potential has encouraged Leader Group to launch Africa Solar + Energy Storage Congress & Expo 2017 to be held in Nairobi, Kenya on June 27-28, 2017. Participants such as Governments, Utilities, Project developers, Investors, Energy storage products manufacturers, Consulting firms, as well as other related sectors are invited to together discuss opportunities, challenges and solutions for solar and energy storage development in the African market, especially Kenya, South Africa, Morocco, Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda.

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Tuesday, 17 April 2018 07:47

Launch of AMDA

The Africa Mini-grid Developers Association (AMDA) has been launched on 13th April 2018. A press release can be found here.

AMDA has chapters already in 2 countries (Kenya, Tanzania) and plans to expand to 3 more countries this year (Nigeria, Ethiopia and Uganda) and eventually to all of Africa. The current 11 member companies service more than 11,000 connections, and include innovative start-ups and established utilities.

Now is a pivotal moment for the mini-grid industry and AMDA looks forward to working with you to achieve our full potential. The International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates that up to 290 million Africans will be served by mini-grids by 2030, also noting that mini-grids and other distributed, renewable solutions are the least cost option for connecting three-quarters of the unelectrified population.

If you're interested in learning more, or have any questions, please feel free to reach out to AMDA at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Monday, 04 June 2018 06:43

WB Survey of Tanzania’s Mini-Grid Sector

Find the first major survey of Mini Grid Deployment in Africa, published by the World Bank. The analysis points out three key actions for governments and practitioners across the continent:

  • Create an adaptive and responsive policy approach
  • Focus on the entire mini-grid ecosystem
  • Invest in both qualitative and quantitative assessments of the development impacts of mini-grids
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