Advancing Renewables in Developing Countries

The IRENA/ADFD Project Facility represents a partnership between the two key organisations to promote renewable energy in developing countries. This report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) reviews concrete progress over the first five years of their joint facility to finance such projects.

  • January 2019
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  • Off-grid for Energy Access, Finance & Investment
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  • English
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  • Maldives, Mali

Off-grid renewable energy solutions to expand electricity access: An opportunity not to be missed

This brief takes stock of the opportunity at hand – detailing the dynamism and the innovations in the off-grid renewable energy sector. Building on IRENA’s growing body of work on the topic, it highlights the latest trends and advances, including innovations in delivery and financing models.   

  • January 2019
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  • Off-grid for Energy Access, Finance & Investment
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  • English

Renewable energy auctions:
Cases from sub-Saharan Africa

Auctions can help countries across sub-Saharan Africa achieve record-low prices for solar and wind power. Five countries have run renewable energy auctions, while at least 15 more are developing such programmes.

  • April 2018
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  • Policy, Finance & Investment
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  • English
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  • South Africa, Uganda

Global Landscape of Renewable Energy Finance

This concise, accessible study of finance flows to renewables around the world examines finance flows worldwide in 2013-2016, broken down by technology, financial instrument and region.

  • January 2018
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  • Finance & Investment
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  • English

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...

  • July 2017
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  • Energy Transition, Finance & Investment
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  • English

Renewable Energy Statistics 2017

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has set out to produce comprehensive, reliable data sets on renewable energy capacity and use worldwide. The Renewable Energy Statistics 2017 yearbook shows data sets on renewable power-generation capacity for 2007-2016, renewable power generation for 2007-2015 and renewable energy balances for about 100 countries and...

  • July 2017
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  • Statistics, Finance & Investment
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  • English, French, Spanish

Renewable Energy Auctions: Analysing 2016

At least 67 countries had used auctions for renewable energy contracts by mid-2016, up from less than 10 in 2005. This auctions report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) provides key updates on this crucial mechanism for price discovery and market development.

  • June 2017
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  • Benefits, Finance & Investment
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  • English

Perspectives for the energy transition: Investment needs for a low-carbon energy system

This joint study looks at the potential for decarbonisation in the energy sector in G20 countries and around the world. Chapter 3, “Global Energy Transition Prospects and the Role of Renewables”, highlights findings from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

  • March 2017
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  • Climate Change, Energy Transition
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  • English

Investment Opportunities in West Africa (Global Atlas)

This report provides a region-wide pre-feasibility assessment of solar and wind opportunities in West Africa, for both grid connected and off-grid systems.

  • December 2016
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  • Energy Transition, Finance & Investment
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  • English
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  • Niger, Nigeria

Unlocking Renewable Energy Investment: The role of risk mitigation and structured finance

Scaling up renewable energy calls for mobilising a massive investment increase. Renewables bring far reaching benefits in terms of human health, energy access, environmental protection and the response to climate change, along with the potential to create new jobs around the world.

  • June 2016
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  • Finance & Investment
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  • English
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  • United Kingdom, Indonesia