Renewables Readiness Assessment: Albania


March 2021
ISBN : 978-92-9260-338-0

The Republic of Albania has one of the highest shares of renewable energy in South East Europe. Hydropower accounts for the largest share of the country's electricity generation, representing around 95% of Albania's installed power capacity. As a result, the country is highly dependent on annual rainfall for electricity generation, leading to notable fluctuations in domestic energy production.

This Renewables Readiness Assessment (RRA) highlights key actions for the short and medium-term that could create more conductive conditions for renewable energy development. It aims to support Albania on its path towards integrating a higher, more diversified share of renewable energy in its national energy mix.

The assessment, developed by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in close co-operation with the Albanian Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy (MIE), presents a series of policy and regulatory steps that could unlock more of Albania's variable renewable energy resources, strengthening its energy independence and supporting further national economic development.

The key areas for action are:

  • Renewable energy potential and planning.
  • Legislative and regulatory frameworks.
  • Renewable energy in end-use sectors.
  • Renewable energy financing.
  • Capacity, skills and awareness.