Use Cases

VIDA helps policy-makers, businesses, and financiers to more effectively operate in the village economies of frontier markets. VIDA is currently used for off-grid electrification and provides value for several actors.

VIDA for donors and governments​

Off-grid energy planners need to make data-driven decisions on where to extend the grid and where to prioritize off-grid markets for mini-grids and solar-home systems. They need to prepare tender processes, monitor electrification progress and provide adjusted subsidies. VIDA can:

  • Be integrated into least-cost electrification planning
  • Help governments develop targeted, result-based subsidy programs
  • Accelerate and improve site selection for mini-grid tendering processes
  • Perform indicative impact monitoring
  • VIDA’s interactive user interface can support ongoing planning decision-making

VIDA for mini-grid developers

VIDA can help mini-grid developers scale their project pipeline and attract investment by providing a short-list of viable villages within an area of interest, leading to targeted on-ground site selection surveys and reduction of project development time and cost. The VIDA analysis can strengthen mini-grid developers’ investor interactions by providing independent, additional, visual layers of analysis. VIDA:

  • Provides a decision-making tool for rapid site identification
  • Assesses energy demand and evaluates environmental risks
  • Identifies opportunities for productive uses to improve the electrification business case
  • Performs analyses of clusters of sites that can be developed together
  • Reduces transaction costs and investment risk, and helps create investment opportunities at a size attractive to private investors.

VIDA for solar-home system companies

VIDA can help solar home system companies plan profitable growth into new sales regions, plan for logistics, find sales partners, and provide inputs for credit risk assessments. VIDA:

  • Provides market intelligence on expansion markets, helping direct sales efforts (leads and lead conversion rates)
  • Identifies underserved areas within existing, successful markets
  • Helps in the planning of new retail stores, based on expected demand
  • Adds a geographic layer to customer credit analysis by correlating customer information with information about the customer’s context

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