28 July 2016 | Article
Mongolia can use its vast renewable energy resources to bolster energy security, reduce pollution, meet global climate commitments and develop regional electricity exports, finds this report prepared jointly by IRENA and Mongolian Ministry of Energy. Electricity output from the country’s solar and wind resources alone could reach 15,000 terawatt-hours per year.
The National Renewable Energy Center* estimates Mongolia’s total renewable energy potential at 2.6 terawatts, a potentially huge resource base. Power generation and exports could draw on the solar and wind potential of the country’s Gobi Desert. New policies promise to rapidly accelerate renewable energy development.
A Renewables Readiness Assessment (RRA) identifies the actions needed to overcome a country’s barriers to renewable energy deployment, with IRENA providing technical support and expertise to facilitate consultations among different national stakeholders. While the process helps to shape appropriate policy and regulatory choices, each country determines which renewable energy sources and technologies are relevant and consistent.
* using data from the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)