GIS Analysis as a Tool to Spur Market Development in PNG
Mini-grid development in Papua New Guinea (PNG) is at a nascent stage but has shown some recent momentum via the development of the PNG Off-grid Regulations (to be adopted in the near future), inclusion in the National Electrification Rollout Plan, and recent investments by USAID and DFAT, among others. The USAID-PNG Electrification Partnership (USAID-PEP) is helping market participants understand opportunities for mini-grid development through GIS and market analysis exploring the viability of mini-grids across the entire country. The GIS analysis includes geolocated population data, socioeconomic data, energy resource information, and electrical grid data. Users can gain hyperlocal insights into the number of households and potential energy demand at a village level at any location in PNG. USAID-PEP has already collaborated with several stakeholders to use this GIS as well as a market assessment to inform potential investments, and will present the capability, use cases, and early lessons learned from this work.