Tesfaye Hailu

Country Director, Power for All, Ethiopia

The Energy Access Explorer has proven to be an indispensable resource for project developers, providing detailed spatial information regarding the nature and extent of energy access on the ground. I have utilized the EAE to prioritize administrative divisions with the lowest level of energy access, while also considering those with the greatest potential for energy development when formulating project proposals suitable for climate financiers

Yiheyis Eshetu

Director for the Energy Policy, Strategy and Information Directorate, Ministry of Water and Energy, Ethiopia

Energy Access Explorer is a vital source for electrification planning in Ethiopia.

Bart Minsaer

Ethiopia Solar Energy Development Association (ESEDA) Board Member and CEO for Hello Solar

It is the first time I have seen a tool that offers different selections of data layers in the energy space in Ethiopia. As part of the digitization strategy of the country, coupled with the government’s objective for universal electrification, EAE will really help us know who should go where to provide electricity.

Tadesse Biru

Senior Electrical Engineer, Ethiopia Electric Power (EEP)

EAE has the potential to become the go to platform which integrates and analyzes energy planning related information from multiple institutions.

Rekik Bekele

Ethiopia Solar Energy Development Association(ESEDA) Board Member and CEO for Green Scene Energy

There is a high cost-saving saving benefit to using a tool like EAE. The fact that one can sit at their desk and generate essential information on demand and target market supply is exciting. This is going to change the energy sector.

Jason Wamulume

Assistant Director Physical Planning and Medical Technologies, Ministry of Health of Zambia

EAE is a powerful tool for initial development planning. The Ministry of Health in Zambia, for example, can use it to look at data such as catchment populations, to help us determine where the next health facilities should be constructed.

Brian Mainza

Principal Energy Officer-Renewable Energy at Ministry of Energy, Zambia

From a policy point of view, EAE is a very useful tool. It allows the Ministry of Energy to conduct feasibility studies that lead to better planning for on and off-grid systems.

Jane M Lungu

Sector Lead-Business Services at Prospero Zambia

EAE is an important tool for project design and project management, which translates to funding and financing efficiency. It allowed us to target health facilities which urgently needed electricity.

Kumbuso Joshua Nyoni

Senior Engineer - System Studies & Project Design, Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation (ZESCO)

Having experienced the complexity of GIS tools, I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it is to generate custom project analysis using EAE. This platform is a gamechanger for enhancing energy access and helping us achieve Vision 2030.

Aaron Leopold

CEO Africa Mini Grid Developers Association (AMDA)

If you want to carry out intelligent market based and techology appropriate planning, Energy Access Explorer is what you should use.

David Kariuki

Deputy Director, Energy Planning, Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority of Kenya

Energy Access Explorer will be critical for facilitating planners to access data on load centers, energy resource availability, infrastructure in a timely manner.

This is a platform that will link the stakeholders that generate data with the ones that use it. EAE is likely to become very critical when it comes to energy planning as it will take into account the spatial dimension of energy systems and will inform the other planning tools (demand forecasting, short term optimization and long term expansion) that are currently being used in Kenya.

Sitra Mulepo

Senior Engineer, Ministry of Health, Uganda

Energy Access Explorer is a tool that can help the Ministry of Health assess the best options for providing energy in healthcare facilities and make related decisions. It provides important initial information before moving towards the project planning and implementation phases. And as such, it can reduce the time-intensive data collection and analysis efforts to identify the facilities and their needs. Once these are mapped out, there is no need to visit all facilities (but for some verification) and we (MoH) can assess the best way to provide energy either via solar systems or connecting to the grid.

Joyce DeMucci

Deputy Team Lead, Africa Clean Energy Technical Facility

We can use EAE and geospatial data to help local government officials figure out how to get access in unserved communities.

Jonas Mwende

GIS and IT Officer, Rural Energy Agency, Tanzania

Energy Access Explorer is crucial for rolling out projects for rural electrification. At the Rural Energy Agency in Tanzania we are going to use it in planning to realize the cost and the opportunities for expanding energy access. EAE will help REA move towards a more sophisticated way of planning.

Richard Muhangi

GIS Lead, Rural Electrification Agency, Uganda

With Energy Access Explorer, you don’t need a GIS software to overlay a number of layers, such as solar potential, population density, network data and carry out analysis. All you need is an Internet browser. Stakeholders in the energy sector should make use of the platform to make informed decisions in the sector.

Sally Woodhouse

Senior Private Sector Advisor, British High Commission, Zambia

Energy Access Explorer provides a data-driven approach to expand energy access through a simplified user interface which identifies market opportunities for both public and private sectors.

Veronica Mwiche

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Energy, Zambia

EAE could not have been developed at a better time than this when the Zambian Government is seeking to diversify the country’s energy mix and encourage the expansion of off-grid renewable energy solutions to increase access to electricity.

Alexander Komakech Akena

East Africa Regional Coordinator, Rocky Mountain Institute / Chairman of Uganda National Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Alliance (UNREEEA)

Energy Access Explorer provides a great opportunity for the private sector to identify areas where they can expand their businesses.

Aisha Umar Mazamaza

Data Manager, Energizing Agriculture Program, Rural Electrification Agency, Nigeria

EAE helps REA that require electrification. It saves time, and costs of going to a particular location, for example, only to find out that it is not viable for what we are planning. I can sit in my office and select potential electrification sites with EAE.

Esang Victor Williams

Monitoring and Evaluation Expert, Rural Electrification Agency Nigeria

EAE enables REA to improve planning and implementation of new electrification projects.

Nabila Maida

Project Manager, Energy Access Explorer, Rural Electrification Agency, Nigeria

Even those who are first-time users find it easy to navigate EAE. EAE is a tool that will support REA’s electrification planning efforts.

Queen Aghomon

Assistant Country Manager, Africa Clean Energy – Technical Assistance Facility, Nigeria

EAE allows for data-driven decisions that will ensure that electricity is provided to rural and underserved areas. So far, the results have been mind-blowing and we look forward to how REA will use this tool to ensure that electricity is provided for all Nigerians.

Maneno Katyega

Senior Energy Engineer, Tanzania Traditional Energy Development Organization

EAE is an essential tool which allows us to assess the need for and benefits of different energy solutions based on location specific resource availability.

Anastacia Ndimbo

GIS Specialist, Tanzania Electric Supply Company (TANESCO)

The Energy Access Explorer can help Tanzania expand the use of local energy resources using geospatial data and analytics.

Hussein Shamdas

Survey Officer, Rural Energy Agency, Tanzania (REA)

As energy planners, we need to know the best possible renewable energy resources available in unserved areas so we can work to bring energy to our citizens in the villages. This is where the Energy Access Explorer can help us with.

Emma Laswai

Deputy Executive Secretary, TAREA

Renewable Energy companies in Tanzania are empowered to use the Energy Access Explorer to access potential markets to invest in the expansion of energy access.

Zainabo Ismail Maló

Energy Data Manager, Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy of Mozambique

EAE is a powerful tool for early development planning. It will enable the Mineral Resources and Energy sector to carry out studies that lead to better planning for on-grid and off-grid systems.

This is a platform that can and should connect stakeholders who generate data with those who use them.

Gnilane Ndour

Responsable du Système d’Information Géographique (SIG), Agence Sénégalaise d'Electrification Rurale (ASER), Senegal

Fascinated by the friendly architecture of the platform for visualizing spatial and statistical data. I was impressed by the possibility to combine supply and demand and to run different scenarios to get deep analysis to identify areas to electrify by priority order. Managing spatial data in a secure environment (in vector format or raster) was easy in the back end of the platform and doesn't really require deep knowledge in GIS. In Senegal, EAE will be useful for centralizing, visualizing and analyzing data in a free and open-source way.

Meron Tefera

Energy Information Administration and Modeling Expert, Ministry of Water and Energy, Ethiopia

EAE is crucial for strategic integrated energy planning because it makes it simple to identify areas that need to be prioritized for investments in energy access for productive use and expansion of clean energy markets.

Mamoudou Mory Mahamadou

Direction de la Promotion des Energies Renouvelables. Ministère en charge de l'Energie, Niger

EAE can help us assess different electrification options for Niger, i.e., where are the localities to be prioritized for electrification by network extension, mini-grids and individual solar home kits.