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
“VIDA provides a very high-quality analysis of remote areas. For a company entering new markets, with limited on-ground data, VIDA can dramatically influence site selection and generate a quality pipeline of sites quickly.”
“VIDA gives governments, funders, and companies the ability to assess energy access market potential rapidly and at-scale. This capability will be critical as Africa works to provide universal energy access by 2030."
"VIDA drastically improves electricity access planning in emerging markets with the use of cutting-edge technology such as AI and earth observation. It showed us the limitations in accuracy and scale of manual surveys and it provided us with a credible estimation of the capacity and willingness to pay for electricity."
Antonio CaponeEU Delegation in Togo
“VIDA can significantly improve the SHS business model by identifying promising sales locations, evaluating payment risk and supporting the operations of on-ground sales and maintenance teams”