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Public-images-osm logo.svg electricity
Old generator.jpg
To indicate the source of electricity used in a building, a dwelling or a settlement Show/edit corresponding data item.
Group: power
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysmay be used on areas (and multipolygon relations)may be used on relations
Status: in usePage for proposal

The electricity key is used to indicate the electricity source used in a building, a dwelling or a settlement. The tag should be put on building features (building=*) or on small residential areas (landuse=residential) using the same electricity source.


Values for this key should be filled with the type of electricity source, or if it can't be specified or missing, with yes or none. Use as follows:

Tagging Description Picture
electricity=grid Electricity is coming from a distribution grid, normally operated by some public or private company. Power line to houses in Kirstead Ling - - 1570663.jpg
electricity=generator Electricity is produced by a portable generator, usually powered by diesel or petrol. Old generator.jpg
electricity=solar Electricity is generated by solar panels located at the feature. Solar panel on a roof The Netherlands.JPG
electricity=* with user defined value To specify another electricity source than listed above.
electricity=yes There is electricity but the source is unspecified.
electricity=none or electricity=no There is no electricity at all.

If there is a schedule, conditional restrictions can be used. As an example, one can use electricity:schedule=grid @ (17:00-22:00) if electricity is coming from a grid and is only available every day from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

See also

  • power_supply=* for more popular way to map availability to users (and also voltages and frequencies).
  • socket=* for detailed availability of socket types
  • power=* for detailed mapping of electricity production and distribution.
  • backup_generator=* to indicate whether a feature has a backup generator