Integrated Rural Electrification Planning In Tanzania
(IREP Tanzania)

“Rural electricity services play a key role in rural development because the access to affordable, reliable and safe electricity can greatly improve food, education and health services, as well as improving opportunities for income generation.

The rate of access to electricity services (electrified settlements) in Tanzania remains very low today – under 12%, and it will still be many years until the interconnected grid will reach all the isolated population. Urban and Rural electrification Access are particularly low, respectively around 39% and 2% (Sources IEA 2008) with 36.9 millions of people without electricity.

The government of Tanzania is engaged itself in the restructuring of its electricity sector (Electricity Act 2008) with the following overarching principles for Rural Electrification:

  • Defining Rural Electrification Plan and Strategies focusing on Grid expansion and the development of off-grid electricity supply systems in rural areas including new and renewable energy systems.
  • Establishing and maintaining a rural electrification database to assist in the monitoring of progress and establishment of the targets of rural electrification.
  • Defining framework for adopting specific policies and imposes requirements, levies, relief and regulations for the promotion and development of rural electrification in accordance to the Rural Energy Act.
  • Defining new financing mechanisms for rural electrification, including modalities of public-private partnerships.
  • Promoting of new actors so as to ensure maximized distribution and therefore access to modern energy services to local communities.

Hence, the overarching objective of the present project is to provide relevant decision makers both at the national and regional levels, with operational tools which will provide development and energy sector planners to formulate informed policy approaches.”

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Integrated Rural Electrification Planning - IREP TANZANIA

The overall objective of IREP is to provide energy sector planners with operational tools which will enable them to make informed policy decisions on investments in the rural energy sector. IREP aims to produce sustainable rural electrification investment plans for the whole country using GEOSIM, a decision-enabling tool developed by IED. IREP project is implemented in partnership with the Rural Energy Agency (REA) and Innovation Energie Developpement (IED) of France.
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