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
  • VIDA can help governments develop targeted, result-based subsidy programs
  • VIDA can accelerate and improve site selection for mini-grid tendering processes
  • VIDA can 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
  • VIDA assesses energy demand and evaluates environmental risks
  • VIDA identifies opportunities for productive uses to improve the electrification business case
  • VIDA performs analyses of clusters of sites that can be developed together
  • VIDA 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)
  • VIDA identifies underserved areas within existing, successful markets
  • VIDA helps in the planning of new retail stores, based on expected demand
  • VIDA adds a geographic layer to customer credit analysis by correlating customer information with information about the customer’s context

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