Turning to renewables: Climate-safe energy solutions

This set of briefs, prepared by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), highlights challenges and opportunities as the world seeks climate-safe energy solutions.

  • November 2017
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  • Climate Change, Benefits
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  • English

SIDS Lighthouses quickscan report

SIDS Lighthouses quickscan: Interim report

This interim report highlights the advantages and benefits of renewables for islands, explains the quickscan methodology and presents quickscan findings from multiple SIDS and other islands.

  • November 2017
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  • Islands, Climate Change
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  • English
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  • Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas

Untapped potential for climate action: NDC

Untapped potential for climate action: Renewable energy in Nationally Determined Contributions

IRENA has analysed NDCs in relation to national energy plans and actual deployment trends. In many cases, NDCs have not kept up with recent, rapid growth in renewables, the report finds. Even countries that lacked targets in their NDCs had ambitious plans for renewables in the energy sector. 

  • November 2017
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  • Climate Change
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  • English

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Electricity storage and renewables: Costs and markets to 2030

Battery electricity storage is a key technology in the world’s transition to a sustainable energy system. Battery systems can support a wide range of services needed for the transition, from providing frequency response, reserve capacity, black-start capability and other grid services, to storing power in electric vehicles, upgrading mini-grids and supporting...

  • October 2017
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  • Power, Costs
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  • English

Accelerating renewable mini-grid deployment: A study on the Philippines

Consultations in the Philippines have called for “establishing an enabling environment for mini-grids” to expand energy access and increase national energy security based on renewable sources and technologies. This study makes recommendations to accelerate the development of renewable mini-grids in the country. 

  • October 2017
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  • Energy Access, Policy
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  • English
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  • Philippines

Boosting global PV markets: The role of quality infrastructure

As solar photovoltaic (PV) power systems become increasingly competitive, continued market growth depends on assurances of performance and durability. Quality assurance protects and accelerates future PV investments, lowers capital costs, improves performance, extends module lifespans and lowers the resulting electricity costs.

  • September 2017
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  • Innovation
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  • English

Geothermal power: Technology brief

Geothermal power is generated from underground heat. Found around the globe and available year-round, this largely untapped renewable energy source offers the advantage of steady, predictable large-scale power generation, in comparison to the higher variability of solar and wind power.

  • August 2017
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  • Heating and Cooling, Innovation
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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 and Investment
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  • English

Renewable Energy Benefits: Leveraging Local Capacity for Onshore Wind

The series aims to support policy makers and decision makers, particularly in assessing the feasibility of procuring components and services domestically rather than from abroad.

  • June 2017
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  • Benefits
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  • English

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 and Investment
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  • English