Picture an island in Bangladesh that is so remote that there is no way the traditional electricity could reach it. Not now, and probably not anytime soon. That was the situation in Monpura just a few years ago – but not today.
Today, Monpura is thriving, thanks to solar power. Markets are abuzz, households can power TVs, fans and even refrigerators, and streets are lit up at night. In fact,
Deadline: 17-Oct-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
IFC is seeking support on the development of a high-level rural electrification strategy to be delivered to the Government of Togo. The objective of this engagement will be to outline a clear vision and compelling strategy for achieving universal electrification in Togo, with a focus on off-grid systems. In this context, three specific analyses will be undertaken, namely: (i) identification of the high-level market potential for mini-grid and off-grid systems; (ii) articulation of potential business models that would be applicable in the context of Togo, covering private sector-led approaches, public-private partnership approaches, and public sector-led approaches; and (iii) indication of associated financing requirements, both concessional and commercial. This work will largely rely on existing data, specifically the parts of the country that have already been identified as likely to rely on off-grid systems for electrification at the short to medium terms.
The engagement would need to be completed by January 31 2018, and will require fluency in both English and French. Continue reading
Deadline: 12-Sep-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
IFC has supported development of the off-grid sector through a series of programs including Lighting Africa. To help broaden the reach of the PAYG business model, IFC is seeking the services of a firm to develop a Market Attractiveness Index that will provide PAYG companies with a diverse set of variables and market related information to inform their market expansion strategies for numerous countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Index will provide the necessary strategic framework for decision-making about market entry into new countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Deadline: 05-Sep-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
IFC is seeking to develop new datasets that will enable faster and more accurate market analysis for DESCOs operating in Tanzania, including household locations and indicators on ability to pay, potential for productive uses of electricity and up-to-date data on national electricity grid transmission and distribution line locations. Collectively, it is expected that these datasets will help DESCOs operating in, or seeking to enter, Tanzania to narrow down geographic areas that could be interesting markets for their off-grid energy services. Datasets should of sufficient detail and quality to inform and prioritize the parallel project on detailed mapping of priority villages and households. In addition, it should enable preliminary assessment of market potentials and be useful in the wider rural energy sector and beyond. The data should be presented online in a manner that allows for affordable updating on a regular basis, with intuitive presentation of the results and prioritization of feasible off-grid villages. IFC is seeking the services of a specialist firm to develop these datasets and prioritize detailed household mapping; to disseminate them in an accessible manner; and to and maintain the data up-to-date.
Deadline: 05-Sep-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
The project is expected to include mapping using satellite imagery, along with engagements in Tanzania to collect detailed indicators on village potentials. The selection committee will take into consideration the use of local Tanzanian consortium members or contractors in these activities. However, approaches that differ from these two points will still be considered. These datasets should be of sufficient quality to allow detailed assessment of mini-grid potential in villages, and in addition be useful to other rural energy actors and in wider development objectives. The datasets should be uploaded to OpenStreetMap and will also be made available on the platform developed in the parallel project. IFC is seeking the services of a specialist firm to develop this data; to ensure its quality and accuracy; and to upload and maintain it on OpenStreetMap and other platforms.
Deadline: 18-Oct-2016 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
Lighting Africa is a joint World Bank/IFC program launched in 2007 to accelerate the development of markets for modern off grid lighting and energy products in Africa where majority of the population use expensive, hazardous and low quality fuel- based lighting products. The program was piloted in Kenya and Ghana but has now been replicated in 10 countries across Africa (including Tanzania) and Asia.
Tanzania has continued to face grid expansion challenges with the Ministry of Energy and Minerals estimating 40% of the countries total population and only 10% of rural households have access to electricity.
The program is seeking a market research firm to assess the development of the solar off-grid lighting market in Tanzania covering but not limited to: the supply chain (retailers) carrying the products; their penetration in the rural market; estimated market share of quality verified products; an overview of the after sales service structure; and innovative business models e.g. Pay-As-You-Go (PAYGo) etc. that are in the market.
Deadline: 07-Sep-2016 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
Lighting Asia -Bangladesh is designed to counter market spoilage by promoting internationally accepted quality standards. It also works to remove tariff and non-tariff market entry barriers. The program also undertakes market research to generate market intelligence on market size, consumer preferences, access to finance, distribution channels etc. Low consumer awareness on high quality, affordable, solar-powered lighting products and appliances has been identified as a constraint to the uptake of clean lighting alternatives, and therefore a hindrance to the development of the off-grid lighting market in Bangladesh. The Lighting Asia Bangladesh team is now looking for an agency to implement its Consumer Education and Outreach Campaign.
IFC Press Release
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, August 11, 2016 — IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, today announced the launch of a web portal to speed the development of mini-grids in Tanzania, helping the country boost its energy production and increase access to electricity through renewable sources such as solar and hydro.
The portal, found at http://www.minigrids.go.tz/, provides licensing, financing, regulatory, and other information and support to small, renewable power producers in Tanzania who want to sell electricity to consumers, especially to the millions in the country not connected to the main grid.
Deadline: 23-Mar-2016 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
Among other areas, IFCs Energy & Resource Efficiency Advisory Group supports the development of distributed energy services companies (DESCOs) in emerging markets that use a range of technologiesbroadly falling into the categories of standalone solar home systems, micro grids and mini-gridsto provide energy services. The lack of detailed, as well as accurate, data on the market for energy services has been identified by many DESCOs as a major barrier to their scale-up.