In a bid to speed the development of mini-grids in Tanzania, and helping to boost access to electricity through renewable sources such as solar and hydro, the International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group, has announced the launch of an online portal.
The portal houses relevant information to support small, renewable power producers in Tanzania in their quest to sell electricity to consumers, especially to the millions in the country not connected to the main grid.
They can find information on licensing (includes procedures for obtaining the various permits required to develop and operate a mini-grid) financing, and regulations relating to mini-grid and solar electricity on the portal.
“The portal is part of IFC’s wider strategy in Tanzania to increase access to energy, especially to low-income communities that are not connected to the main grid. IFC is at the forefront of designing and implementing new solutions to help increase access to energy in Africa,” said Dan Shepherd, IFC’s Regional Lead for Energy & Resource Efficiency advisory services.
Also, the online portal has a tool that maps villages in Tanzania, and provides data on their populations and current electrification status.
The portal is being hosted by the Tanzania Rural Energy Agency.
The online portal is the latest step in a US$5 million program IFC launched in 2015 to help Tanzania implement affordable and reliable renewable energy solutions.
IFC’s mini-grid program is being implemented in partnership with the Scaling-up Renewable Energy Program of the Climate Investment Funds.