Tools and Resources – January 2017


Off-Grid Energy Market Opportunity Tool

This tool was established by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to help sectoral players –private companies, government and their development partners, academia and civil society– quickly develop a high level view of where markets for off-grid electrification may exist to better inform decision making. The tool is offered as an open source public good incorporating open data only. This results in limited levels of detail and accuracy in the outputs that it generates by default. However these ‘default mode’ limitations are countered by the fact that the tool offers users and developers the ability to (i) improve on the tool’s functionalities by building on its code and (ii) produce more accurate results by exporting the results and mixing it with other data. The geographical focus is currently limited to Sub-Saharan Africa but may be expanded in the future.

Climatescope 2016

This year’s Climatescope provides an interactive analysis of 58 emerging markets in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. Conducted by the Multilateral Investment Fund of the Inter-American Development Bank and Bloomberg New Energy Finance, it reports investment in utility-scale solar in the Climatescope nations spiked 43 per cent to $71.8bn in 2015.

Climatescope stresses that the 58 countries are not waiting to get started on adding renewable capacity – between them, they added 69.8 GW of new wind, solar, geothermal, and other renewable power generating capacity in 2015. Climatescope also found that cheap solar, innovative business models and a new breed of entrepreneurs are revolutionizing how energy access issues are addressed in least developed nations.

To analyze more than 800 policies intended to spur clean energy development in the nations and states surveyed by Climatescope, visit


CLEAN Troubleshooting App for Microgrids now on Google Play Store

CLEAN had commissioned its training partner GSES to develop an app for technicians on the ground to use as a troubleshooting guide for any operational or servicing issue with micro-grids, which is now available for download on Google Play Store under the name “Solar Troubleshooting App”.