Renewable Energy Resource Mapping in Tanzania


To accelerate the expansion of renewable energy the Government of Tanzania has requested the support of the World Bank and ESMAP’s Renewable Energy Resource Mapping Initiative to help improve the country’s knowledge and awareness of small hydro, solar, wind energy resources. All three components have generated initial outputs, which can be accessed below.

Due to the proximity and relative size of Burundi and Rwanda to Tanzania, The World Bank has been able to obtain preliminary and unvalidated solar and wind mapping outputs for both countries in the form of GIS layers (available for download from the initiative homepage). Due to budgetary restrictions no further work is being proposed on these two countries at present.

Project Details
Project approved: May 2013
Expected completion: Mid 2018
ESMAP funding allocated: $2,850,000
Total project funding: $2,850,000
Project lead: Ferhat Esen
Primary government counterparts: Rural Energy Agency (for small hydro) and Tanzania Electricity Supply Company (for solar and wind)
Project ID: P145287
Scope and appointed consultants: Small hydro mapping: SHER
Solar mapping: CENER, with IrSOLaV, Geonica, Sun to Market Solutions (S2M), and Energio Verda as sub-contractors
Wind mapping: DNV GL


The Wind and Solar data can be viewed via the IRENA Global Atlas using a web browser. GIS layers for the key solar mapping outputs as well as maps and posters can be downloaded from the Global Solar Atlas. The measurement data is hosted and it is freely available on the EnergyData platform. Other outputs are listed below by project component.

Small hydro mapping:
Phase 1 Outputs:
Report: List Of Most Promising Sites
Site Visits Report: Potential
Site Visits Report: Existing
Phase 1 Report
Solar mapping:
Phase 2 Outputs:
NEW: Maps and Posters
Measurement Data
Phase 1 Outputs:
GIS data
Phase 2 Implementation Plan
Site Installation Report
Site Visit Reports (Zip file, 10MB)
Site Identification Report
Solar Modeling Report
Wind mapping:
Phase 1 Outputs:
Close Out Report
12x24 data for each grid cell (Zip file, 336MB)
GIS Data and LIB Files 
Site Identification Report
Mesoscale Modeling Report


Feature story: Tanzania: Solar and Wind Potential Could Help Meet Future Power Generation Goals (June 9, 2015)


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