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    • Letting in the Light: How solar photovoltaics will revolutionise the electricity system

      Solar photovoltaic (PV) power generation is poised to revolutionise the electrical system in countries around the world. From around 2% in 2016, the share of global electricity generated from solar PV to grow to as much as 13% by 2030, according to this report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The solar industry’s expansion is driven primarily by cost reductions, with the report anticipating further cost declines by up to 59% in ten years.

      Publications Reports Solar energy Technology
    • Doubling the Global Share of Renewable Energy: A Roadmap to 2030

      IRENA’s working paper, Doubling the Global Share of Renewable Energy: A Roadmap to 2030, outlines the proposed process, and progress to date, of REMAP 2030 – IRENA’s global roadmap for policies and actions to double the share of renewable energy by 2030.

      Publications Reports Renewable Energy Roadmap (ReMap) Energy transition
    • Renewable Energy Statistics 2016: Latin America and the Caribbean

      The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) produces comprehensive renewable energy statistics on a range of topics. This publication presents IRENA’s latest statistics for renewable power generation and capacity, as well as renewable energy balances for all countries in the Latin America and Caribbean region.

      Publications Data Statistics
    • Adapting Market Design to High Shares of Variable Renewable Energy

      Liberalised electricity markets require timely adaptation to support higher shares of variable renewable energy and distributed power generation. This study presents the latest knowledge on the adaptation process for such markets, aiming to inform policy makers, regulators and system operators on the options available.

      Publications Reports Power system structures & markets Policy
    • Geopolítica de la transición energética: Materiales críticos

      Geopolítica de la transición energética: Materiales críticos proporciona información integral sobre la importancia de los materiales críticos, examinando sus implicaciones geopolíticas asociadas y ofreciendo recomendaciones para una transición energética global sostenible y eficiente.

      Publications Reports Collaborative Frameworks CF Geopolitics Geopolitics Energy transition
    • Global Energy Transformation: A Roadmap to 2050 (2018 edition)

      Renewable energy needs to be scaled up at least six times faster for the world to start meeting key decarbonisation and climate mitigation goals. Yet the envisaged energy transformation cannot happen by itself. This report identifies focus areas where policy and decision makers need to act.

      Publications Reports Renewable Energy Roadmap (ReMap) Global Climate Action Energy efficiency Technology
    • The Socio-economic Benefits of Solar and Wind Energy

      With many economies facing slow growth prospects, policy makers increasingly see chances for greater income, improved trade balances, industrial development and job creation through renewable energy deployment. However, detailed evidence on these effects remains limited.

      Publications Reports Solar energy Technology Wind energy Technology Local value creation Socio-economic impact
    • Renewables Readiness Assessment: Djibouti

      Djibouti faces critical challenges with power generation and distribution. Heavy reliance on fossil-fuel imports keeps the country exposed to price volatility, constraining economic development plans. But significant geothermal, wind and solar energy resources could be developed to extend reliable electricity supply throughout the country, meeting the twin concerns of energy access and energy security.

      Publications Reports Renewables Readiness Assessment (RRA) Energy transition
    • The Power to Change: Solar and Wind Cost Reduction Potential to 2025

      Increasing economies of scale, more competitive supply chains and further technological improvements will continue reducing the costs of solar and wind power. The same factors will also boost the availability of these key renewable power sources at night and in varying weather conditions.

      Publications Reports Solar energy Technology Wind energy Technology Power Generation Costs Costs Parliamentary Network
    • Kiribati Integrated Energy Roadmap: 2017-2025

      This Roadmap report highlights key challenges and presents solutions to make Kiribati’s entire energy sector cleaner and more cost effective.

      Publications Reports Energy efficiency Technology
    • Renewables Readiness Assessment: Zambia

      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.

      Publications Reports Renewables Readiness Assessment (RRA) Energy transition
    • A New World: The Geopolitics of the Energy Transformation

      This Commission Report analyses the geopolitical implications of the accelerating global shift to renewables. It is the culmination of deliberations by the Global Commission on the Geopolitics of Energy Transformation. 

      Publications Reports Collaborative Frameworks CF Geopolitics Geopolitics
    • CaDRE handbook

      This handbook introduces Capacity Development Needs Diagnostics for Renewable Energy (CaDRE), an approach devised by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) to help policy makers, organisations and capacity-development or renewable-energy practitioners shape an environment conductive to the development of renewable energy.

      Publications Reports Policy
    • Renewable Energy Statistics 2018

      IRENA produces comprehensive, reliable data sets on renewable energy capacity and use worldwide. This is the 2018 edition. 

      Publications Data Statistics Energy transition
    • Renewables Readiness Assessment: Belarus

      This Renewables Readiness Assessment from IRENA highlights the challenges and provides 11 recommendations to harness the potential of renewable energy sources in Belarus.

      Publications Reports Climate Action Renewables Readiness Assessment (RRA) Targets & NDCs Policy Local value creation Socio-economic impact Macro-economic benefits Socio-economic impact
    • Planning and prospects for renewable power: West Africa

      Low-cost renewable energy, especially from solar photovoltaic (PV) installations, has become an increasingly important part of West Africa’s electricity supply. This report outlines three broad scenarios for the growth of renewables in the region’s power systems, particularly in relation to key national and regional targets.

      Publications Reports Long term energy planning Planning Energy models and tools Planning
    • Zhangjiakou Energy Transformation Strategy 2050

      The municipal authorities for Zhangjiakou City, in co-operation with the China National Renewable Energy Centre (CNREC) and IRENA, have adopted an ambitious 30-year roadmap to phase out coal-fired power generation and scale up solar and wind power instead.

      Publications Reports Targets & NDCs Policy Solar energy Technology Wind energy Technology Long term energy planning Planning Renewable energy for cities Policy
    • Measuring small-scale biogas capacity and production

      This field guide presents various methodologies for estimating biogas capacity, production and consumption. Such information can be integrated into national censuses, household surveys and energy surveys.

      Publications Reports Guidelines Statistics Bioenergy & biofuels Technology
    • Power system flexibility for the energy transition

      This report outlines a planning approach to boost flexibility, specifically to accommodate the largest possible shares of variable renewable (solar and wind) energy sources. 

      Publications Reports Power system flexibility Planning Energy models and tools Planning
    • Stranded Assets and Renewables

      Assets like power plants can become “stranded” by unanticipated or premature write-downs, devaluation or conversion to liabilities. This will happen to some degree in the transition to a low-carbon economy. However delaying action to address climate change would result in significantly more severe asset stranding, according to this analysis by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). This raises concerns for investors and companies, as well as policy makers and regulators. 

      Publications Reports Renewable Energy Roadmap (ReMap) Global Energy efficiency Technology
    • Sustainable bioenergy potential in Caribbean small island developing states

      This study assesses the potential for bioenergy production using various feedstocks such as sugarcane, oil palm, and municipal solid waste in six Caribbean small island developing states – Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and Guyana.

      Publications Reports Energy transition Bioenergy & biofuels SIDS Lighthouses
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