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The Clean Energy Solutions Center, in partnership with the World Resources Institute, is hosting a no-cost webinar on Mini-Grids for Energy Access in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Of the 315 million rural people expected to gain access to electricity by 2040 in Africa, 140 million are projected to gain access through mini-grids. According to the International Energy Agency, this will require the development of between a 100,000 and 200,000 mini-grids. However, there is a need for capacity building and knowledge sharing on sustainable and scalable business models and enabling environments that facilitate mini-grid development and scale-up. Some successes, in countries like Tanzania, have been achieved creating attractive policy and regulatory environments but little is known about how the mini-grid sector in the country is faring in practice.
The World Resources Institute, in partnership with the Tanzania Traditional Energy Development Organization (TaTEDO), has conducted research exploring the status of mini-grids in Tanzania. This webinar will provide an overview of the results from the study. Even though Tanzania has made strides in developing a supportive policy and regulatory environment for mini-grids, there remains much to be done in further sharpening some of these policies and regulations, scaling access to financing, building the capacity of local actors to engage and ensuring effective coordination between the government, private sector, development and donor organizations as well as civil society to scale up the sector and drive local development impacts.