Renewable Energy Policies in a Time of Transition

This report, prepared jointly by IRENA, the IEA and REN21, identifies key barriers and highlights policy options to boost renewable energy deployment.

  • April 2018
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  • Policy, Heating & Cooling
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  • English

IRENA cost and competitiveness indicators: Rooftop solar PV

IRENA Cost and Competitiveness Indicators: Rooftop solar PV

This report on cost and competitiveness indicators or rooftop solar PV, based on the trends witnessed in key electricity markets complements IRENA's cost analysis on cost trends for utility-scale renewable power generation.

  • December 2017
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  • Costs
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  • English

Boosting solar PV markets: The role of quality infrastructure

This handbook outlines the best practices to develop and implement Quality Infrastructure for solar PV and, based on case studies, offers quantified cost-benefit analysis for QI implementation at different stages of PV plant development. The data and analysis provides guidance for establishing proper QI mechanisms, showcased through successful experiences with...

  • September 2017
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  • Innovation
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  • English

Renewable Energy Benefits: Leveraging Local Capacity for Solar PV

Renewable energy development can drive economic growth, create new jobs and enhance human health and welfare at the national level. The Leveraging Local Capacity series examines the kinds of jobs created and suggests ways to build on existing industries.

  • June 2017
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  • Benefits
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  • English

Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2017

This report presents the status of renewable energy employment, both by technology and in selected countries, over the past year. In this fourth edition, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) finds that renewable energy employed 9.8 million people around the world in 2016 – a 1.1% increase over 2015. 

  • May 2017
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  • Benefits
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  • English

Renewable energy in district heating and cooling: A sector roadmap for Remap

District heating and cooling (DHC) combined with renewable energy sources can help meet rising urban energy needs, improve efficiency, reduce emissions and improve local air quality. Although currently dominated by fossil fuels such as coal and gas, DHC systems can be upgraded, or new networks created, to use solid biofuel, solar and geothermal energy technologies. 

  • March 2017
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  • Energy Transition, Heating & Cooling
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  • English

Renewable Capacity Statistics 2017

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) produces comprehensive renewable energy statistics on a range of topics. This publication presents renewable power generation capacity statistics for the last decade (2007-2016) in trilingual tables

  • March 2017
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  • Statistics
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  • English

Cost-competitive renewable power generation: Potential across South East Europe

Renewable energy has long been used in South East Europe, whether as fuelwood for heating or in the form of hydroelectric power generation.

  • January 2017
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  • Costs
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  • English

Planning for the renewable future: Long-term modelling and tools to expand variable renewable power in emerging economies

Ambitious national commitments, international agreements and rapid technological progress have prompted countries around the world to turn increasingly renewable energy to expand their power infrastructure. However, the variability of solar and wind energy – two key sources for renewable power generation – presents new challenges.

  • January 2017
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  • Energy Transition, Power
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  • English

REthinking Energy 2017: Accelerating the global energy transformation

This flagship report examines trends and developments in the global quest for a sustainable energy future. As this third edition emphasises, accelerated deployment will fuel economic growth, create new employment opportunities, enhance human welfare and contribute to a climate-safe future.

  • January 2017
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  • Energy Transition, Climate Change
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  • English