The Global Atlas zoning service involves GIS based spatial analysis using a method developed by IRENA for utility scale and off-grid applications. In the analysis, key parameters such as resource quality, transmission grid distance, population density, topography and protected areas are combined to deduce highly suitable zones for solar and wind energy development, and provide an indicative estimate of the technical potential. The service is offered to member countries in support of the national and regional scale renewable energy planning.
The site appraisal service involves the use of high quality and site specific solar and wind time series data sets, in power and financial models developed by IRENA, that help to establish the viability of the prospective sites. The service aids public utility and government backed project developers in identifying, characterizing and screening prospective sites for solar and wind energy deployment.
Request services by contacting the Global Atlas at IRENA