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MENA Renewable Energy Statistics Training
20 – 22 February 2017
Abu Dhabi, UAE

2nd REmap and RRA workshop for Thailand
23 – 24 February 2017
Bangkok, Thailand

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IRENA in the News

  • Solar-powered Africa "never more possible and less expensive:" energy chief

    A “solar revolution” is coming to Africa, comparable in scale and importance to the rapid surge in mobile phone use on the continent two decades ago, predicts the head of IRENA. Fast-dropping costs for solar power, combined with plenty of sun and a huge need for electricity on a continent where many are still without it, means solar has huge potential in Africa, said Adnan Amin, the director general of IRENA. (Reuters (UK), 20 Feb 2017)
  • Solar power and electric cars could halt fossil fuels by 2020

    According to IRENA, wind energy globally has increased has increased from 73,281 MW in 2006 to 416,638 MW in 2016, including offshore wind energy seeing an increase from 993 MW in 2006 to 11,712 MW in 2016, a very respectable figure. Solar energy also showed increased usage globally, going from 6,496 MW in 2006 to 223,948 MW in 2015. (Digital Journal (Canada) ,
    6 Feb 2017)
  • Global clean energy investment drops as equipment costs fall, states new report

    Solar PV technology is also benefiting from a dramatic fall in equipment prices around 80% between the end of 2009 and the end of 2015, IRENA states. This research also indicates that there is substantial room for improvement in deploying PV since it currently supplies less than 2% of global electricity, growing six-fold from around 8 gigawatts in 2009 to about 47 GW in 2015. (The Climate Group (UK) , 2 Feb 2017)


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