Tools and Resources – September 2017

Sustainable Energy for All Heat Maps: Progress and challenges on sustainable energy

Achieving universal energy access – a core focus of Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) – can be hard to navigate when deploying limited resources for maximum impact. To help combat this issue, SEforALL has created four sets of heat maps – on electrification, clean cooking, energy efficiency and renewables – which identify specific countries and regions with the biggest gaps and needs.

By combining and analyzing data sets including the Global Tracking Framework (GTF) and Regulatory Indicators for Sustainable Energy (RISE), the heat maps can show leaders where they can make the biggest and fastest inroads towards our goals and can support these efforts accordingly. These maps also show where progress is happening so that their successes can be replicated and help leaders in government, business and civil society make smart choices.

The heat maps are available for viewing here and will serve as living documents that are updated regularly as new information becomes available.

energypedia launches Mini-grid portal

Energypedia has recently launched its mini-grid portal: a centralized platform for all information related to mini-grids such as mini-grid definition, site selection, legal & financial framework and a list of online resources (external tools, websites and publications) on mini-grids.

Along with accessing information, mini-grid professionals and enthusiasts can also share their own knowledge and experience as well as discuss on trending topics on the portal. The portal serves a dual purpose: it provides introductory information to beginners as well as advanced information and tools to mini-grid developers and experts.

This portal is a work in progress and energypedia invites everybody to contribute resources to the portal. Should you wish to write articles, add publications or link online tools to this portal, please contact the energypedia team at

Updated Powering Agriculture Sustainable Energy Reader Now Available

In Spring 2016, Powering Agriculture conducted an 8-week massive open online course, or MOOC, titled “Sustainable Energy for Food”. Nearly 1,400 people worldwide participated in the course. The course materials have been updated and compiled into a useful reader. A range of topics are covered, including the energy-agriculture challenge, bioenergy, and business models for projects in the energy-agriculture nexus. More information and the full content of the MOOC are available here.

Global Solar Atlas is now Available for all Countries

To support the scale-up of solar power, the World Bank in cooperation with the International Solar Alliance (ISA) has provided a Global Solar Atlas tool covering all countries.

The primary aim of this tool is to provide quick and easy access to solar resource data globally. The tool includes high resolution global and regional solar maps in digital format for use in Geographic Information System (GIS) applications and Google Earth.