Tools and Resources – June 2017


Climatescope: The Off-grid Data Hub
For the first time, the data hub allows users to discover all of the Climatescope dedicated off-grid sub-indicators.  The Climatescope off-grid data viewer offers an overview and comparison of 23 countries, providing electricity prices and fuel prices for each country along with a multitude of indicators.  The data hub allows users to discover, by country, the following indicators: barriers, clean energy policies, clean energy rural electrification, distributed energy framework, energy access policies, and power sector structure.  The data hub also offers sub-indicators such as: cost reflective tariffs, mini-grid concessions and thresholds, pico-solar quality standards, presence of a program, and more.

Smart Villages “pocket guide” to rural energy & smart villages

Smart Villages “pocket guide” for rural energy and development

This pocket guide is intended as a quick reference to off-grid technologies, policies, and impacts – including stories of successful village energy projects from across the global south.

For remote off-grid villages, local solutions are often both more realistic and cheaper than national grid extension. Together, energy and entrepreneurship underpin lasting development in smart villages, alongside the many services they can propel: health, education, WASH, livelihoods and productive uses of energy… and beyond.

To view the guide as a flip book or a traditional PDF report, visit here.


New Atlas of Africa Energy Resources showcases energy potential of Africa

UNEP & AfDB’s Atlas examines the challenges and opportunities in providing Africa’s population with access to reliable, affordable and modern energy services, and advocates for investments in green energy infrastructure to enhance economic development and help the continent achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Atlas consolidates the information on the energy landscape in Africa. It provides information in the form of detailed ‘before and after’ images, charts, maps and other satellite data from 54 countries through visuals detailing the challenges and opportunities in providing Africa’s population with access to reliable, affordable and modern energy services. The Atlas makes a major contribution to the state of knowledge on energy sector in Africa by highlighting the opportunities and challenges for sustainable development of the energy resources on the continent.

All the materials in the Atlas are non-copyrighted and available for free use, as long as the Atlas is acknowledged as the source. Access the Atlas here. All images from the atlas including individual satellite images and other graphics can be downloaded from  and

SACREEE website now available online

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (SACREEE) website is now online at, and showcases its main activities as the programs and projects including:

SACREEE was established by the SADC Member States in 2015 to contribute towards increased access to modern energy services and improved energy security across the SADC Region through the promotion of market based uptake of renewable energy and energy technologies and energy services. The SACREEE Secretariat is based in Windhoek, Namibia.