As launched in October 2022 at the annual trade event of the Clean Cooking Alliance in Ghana, an effort is being made to map the costs of fuels to help with market analysis, particularly cooking fuels such as electricity, gas, wood, charcoal, ethanol, kerosene, biofuels and more.
After eliminating kerosene lamps with more efficient electric lamps in households and businesses, the next target is diesel fuel. In addition to transport and agricultural machinery, diesel fuel is used in backup generators, water pumps, mills and a variety of other business purposes. However, the location of these is often known, which makes it difficult to plan the deployment of alternatives such as solar water pumps and solar mills. With funding support from Sosai Renewables in Nigeria and the EU’s AgriDi program, we are building a map of such diesel infrastructure around Kaduna as a first example of what mapping needs to be done (and lacks any funding to do so) and how such data can unlock micro-business opportunities to establish solar milling and other sustainable services at a lower cost to the nearby population.
VIA has been developing mapping and planning software for the rural electrification sector for over 10 years, predominately focused on assisting policy makers to understand where off grid populations are located to then offer technology options for rural electrification planning.
Some of our analysis services include:
- Building mapping to understand geographic densities of populations.
- Micro-grid design including network and load-flow analysis.
- Master plans for rural electrification, both offgrid minigrid design and grid extensions.
VIA has been developing mapping and planning software for the rural electrification sector for over 10 years, predominately focused on assisting policy makers to understand where offgrid populations are located to then offer technology options for rural electrification planning.
Here is an example of Haiti Masterplan for Rural Electrification is shared. Click here to get more details.