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Renewable Energy Mini-Grids in Tanzania: A Path Toward a Sustainable Africa

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Eradicating energy poverty is one of the main objectives of the UN’s Strategic Development Goals (SDG) agenda. As the saying goes, Africa cannot develop in the dark. Given the challenges toward universal electrification objectives, mini-grids, microgrids, and stand-alone electrification are pursued as viable alternatives. Renewable energy (RE) mini-grids using optimal technology are uniquely placed to provide solutions, alongside a suitable policy framework and innovative business models. The chapter explores how appropriate policy formulation can enhance energy access, and address barriers hindering it. It utilizes the case of Tanzania, to capture facets behind the evolution of the mini-grid policy and regulatory landscape, to draw lessons from. Using success stories, it gauges the policy landscape and regulations in RE mini-grids implementation, and highlights how policies impact viability, scalability, and sustainability. It also provides a summary of policy impact on off-grid mini-grids implementation, and experiences, toward sustainable energy.

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The author is thankful for the constructive feedback received from the anonymous peer reviewers, the editors of this work, Lindah Mhando and colleagues at INTERFINi Consultants Limited, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Special thanks to Eng. Andrew Mnzava who shared his vast expertise as well as experience and provided important context for the cases. The author declares no conflict of interest.

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Mhando, P.C. (2022). Renewable Energy Mini-Grids in Tanzania: A Path Toward a Sustainable Africa. In: Ogunyemi, K., Atanya, O., Burgal, V. (eds) Management and Leadership for a Sustainable Africa, Volume 1. Palgrave Studies in African Leadership. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-04911-8_11

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