Project developers managing with grid extensions in Tanzania
The lessons learned based on the experiences in Tanzania are:
- The project developers need to assess whether to build mini-grids using technology that is compatible with national grid requirements and Tanesco standards.
- Ongoing communication collaboration with REA is important for receiving up-to-date information on grid extensions, changes in plans and the requirements of the projects. Project developers can actively communicate the perspective of the project developers to the authorities.
- In-depth discussions with REA are needed to find alternative solutions in case of overlap in grid extension plans. All possibilities should be ventured before final decisions and site changes.
- The project developers can learn significantly from sharing experiences.
The EEP team would like to highlight the possibility of meeting other project developers and exchanging experiences and best practices among stakeholders in the Knowledge Exchange Forums (KEF) organized by EEP. The next KEF will be organized in Southern Africa in early 2017.