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The Mini-grid Finder: a GIS geospatial application for mini-grid planning in Nigeria

The Mini-grid Finder: a GIS geospatial application for mini-grid planning in Nigeria

The Nigerian Energy Support Programme (NESP) has supported the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing (FMPWH) in developing a GIS-based search engine, the “Mini-grid Finder”. It was built primarily to help mini-grid developers in identifying viable sites for off-grid solar mini-grids in Nigeria.

It covers the five states (Cross River, Niger, Sokoto, Plateau and Ogun) in which NESP is operating. It includes different search options (e.g. load, population, distance from national grid). Users can extract the results of their search into Excel or Google Earth for further processing.

The search engine is based on datasets that are composed of secondary GIS data, which were then validated by NESP’s state partners (by means of a desk study). Thus, it is recommended that users validate any information in the field. Despite this fact, the tool can serve as a good starting point to lower project development costs and accelerate rural electrification in Nigeria. 

You can access the MGF via this link: http://mgf-nigeria.integration.org/.

For further information, please contact the Nigerian Energy Support Programme (NESP)

Observatory Country: 

Nigeria