Workshop and Report Launch: Accelerating Off-Grid Electrification in Tanzania

Tanzania, with about 75 per cent of the population in rural areas, has a rural electrification rate of about 6 per cent, which is very low compared to sub-Saharan Africa’s average of 10 per cent. Given the country’s size and sparse distribution of its rural population, grid extension to most parts of the country, including isolated rural areas, appears to be not feasible due to high investment costs. Electrification by renewable energy mini-grids (MGs) in rural area seems to be an economical option for increasing access to electricity without undermining climate change mitigation efforts.

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