Nairobi, Kenya, December 19, 2016—IFC,
a member of the World Bank Group, today launched an online tool to develop
off-grid energy in Sub Saharan Africa. The "Off-Grid Market Opportunity
Tool" draws on a database that will help companies, governments, development
agencies, academics and civil society to better assess the potential market
for off-grid energy solutions.
The database platform and tool can be accessed at https://energydata.info.
It builds on open geospatial data to provide a broad overview on markets
for off-grid electrification based on a number of relevant parameters.
The open source software allows users to improve on the tool’s functions
by building on the code. Users can also produce more accurate results by
exporting analyses generated by the tool and combining them with other
“This tool aims to help distributed energy service companies, or DESCOs,
that are operating in the off-grid space in Sub-Saharan Africa. It is part
of IFC’s ongoing efforts to support these companies, which are contributing
to closing the energy gap in the region,” said Milagros Rivas, Global
Head of IFC’s Cross-Cutting Advisory Solutions.
With over a billion people globally lacking access to electricity, off-grid
technologies and business models are emerging as part of the solution to
closing the energy access gap. The Off-Grid Market Opportunity Tool, and
others like it, assesses market potential and provides data on characteristics
and key attributes in different geographic regions, allowing project developers
and policy-makers to scale up off-grid initiatives. The geographical focus
of the tool is currently limited to Sub-Saharan Africa, and may be expanded
in the future.
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development
institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. Working
with 2,000 businesses worldwide, we use our six decades of experience to
create opportunity where it’s needed most. In FY16, our long-term investments
in developing countries rose to nearly $19 billion, leveraging our capital,
expertise and influence to help the private sector end extreme poverty
and boost shared prosperity. For more information, visit www.ifc.org.