Renewables Readiness Assessment: Design to Action

June 2013

The Renewables Readiness Assessment (RRA) is a comprehensive tool for assessing the conditions existing in a country for the development and deployment of renewable energy, along with the actions required to improve those conditions. Designed and refined by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) since 2011, the RRA is a country-initiated, country-led process that identifies short- to medium-term actions for the rapid scale-up of renewables.

Renewables Readiness Assessment: Design to Action is a guide for countries aspiring to scale up renewable energy. It outlines a process designed for IRENA Member States to help them assess the status and prospects of renewable energy deployment at the national level, dig deeper into issues that need urgent attention or promotion, and define concrete actions. The guide incorporates pertinent experiences gained from 11 countries that have conducted the RRAs leading to the continued refinement of the process.

The RRA is designed as a country-led, collaborative instrument bringing together a wide-ranging set of stakeholders. The assessment process encompasses five main themes: national energy policy and strategy; institutions and markets; resources and technologies; establishment of the business model; and the capacity needed to scale up renewables.

Although IRENA produces RRA reports to disseminate valuable country-level knowledge, the final product of the RRA process is not a report or publication. Rather, the RRA is expected to catalyse new initiatives, refine policies and regulations to create an enabling environment, and identify needed capacity-building measures, among other benefits.

In the follow-up to the process, IRENA stands ready as an interlocutor between development partners and countries that need support, as well as assisting directly in the translation of RRA findings into actual implementation. For implementing countries, the RRA can be a tool to attract funds and leverage support, both in-country and from the international community.

RRA country reports published by mid-2013: