Site selection for mini-grids in West Africa

A collaboration between TFE and leading mini-grid developer PowerGen to find viable sites using VIDA.

VIDA is an artificial intelligence (AI) powered, data-enabled service that utilizes satellite imagery, publicly available geospatial data, on-ground survey data, and energy modeling to identify and extract insights about rural villages and to assess their suitability for off-grid electrification, including mini-grids. In this collaboration between TFE Energy and leading mini-grid developer PowerGen, we deployed VIDA in West Africa to test and validate its predictions during a mini-grid site selection campaign by PowerGen. With VIDA, we analysed an area of 5,500km2, short-listed promising villages and compared them with the results from the on-site surveys performed by PowerGen. This report outlines the methodology, the validation process, and its results.