Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7) will be a crucial part of Benin’s economic and social development. In order to facilitate the transitions needed for SDG7, robust energy planning efforts need to be put in place. Reliable energy-related data are essential for electrification planning. Information concerning settlements’ size and location, distance from existing and/or planned infrastructure (e.g. transmission network, power plants, and roads), economic activity, local renewable energy resources, etc. can convey useful information and help planners take the right decisions regarding the most effective pathway for electrification. However, it is usually the case that in countries where universal electrification is still to be achieved, such information is scarce and difficult to access. This project developed electrification planning models using OnSSET and deployed a web platform based on GeoNode and the Global Electrification Platform.
GeoNode development. Training. Project management.