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

Solar simulators: Application to developing cities

This report from IRENA examines the evolution of solar PV simulators, from single-rooftop assessments at the household level to large-scale, aggregate-level analyses undertaken by municipal authorities and other large entities.

  • January 2019
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  • Energy Transition, Policy
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  • English

Opportunities to accelerate national energy transitions through advanced deployment of renewables

While the shift to cleaner energy systems is evident across the Group of 20 (G20), it has specific features in each country. In every case, renewable energy plays a significant role.

  • November 2018
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  • Energy Transition, Off-grid for Energy Access
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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

Accessible Finance for Renewable Energy in Developing Countries

This brochure is an overview the IRENA/ADFD (Abu Dhabi Fund for Development) Project Facility. It includes detailed eligibility criteria and information about projects selected to date.

  • December 2017
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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