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New Tools and Resources — June 2015

New Mapping Tool highlights Financial, Technical and Other Support for Clean Energy Mini-grids 

In the framework of the 2nd UN SE4All Forum, the Clean Energy Mini-Grids High Impact Opportunity (HIO) working group presented its first edition of a mapping tool covering clean energy mini-grid support providers. Available as a written publication and online, this mapping tool provides an ideal resource for potential project developers.


Global Energy Atlas 2.0 Now Live

The new “Global Atlas 2.0” features a wide range of resource maps for solar, wind, geothermal, bioenergy and marine energy. It also offers new functions and tools, such as:

  • Map gallery: Search maps by keyword, location or source
  • Infopicker: Access data, tools and country profiles from REsource – IRENA’s Knowledge Gateway
  • Catalog search: Search for more data by name, location, keyword or data quality (beta)
  • Universal data viewer: Solar and wind graphs and charts in one click. Data can be downloaded
  • User feedback: report your user experience to IRENA
  • Share: share maps and values with your network

The Global Atlas initiative is coordinated by IRENA with support from 67 countries and an international consortium of data and expertise providers.

In June, IRENA will release Global Atlas pocket – a light-scaled application that turns mobile devices into renewable energy prospectors. The pocket app, built to help expert and non-expert users in search of renewable energy resource potential at any point on the globe. The app brings the whole network of data servers connected to Global Atlas 2.0, released by IRENA in January, to smartphones and tablets.

Global Atlas pocket lets users locate the most suitable solar, wind and geothermal maps for any location, query those any point on those maps at any point for irradiation values, wind speeds or, wherever geothermal data is available, crustal temperature values. For some datasets, the app can also generate graphs showing monthly averages at the point of interest.


Asia Pacific Energy Portal Launched

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) launched an innovative new online portal today that will provide unprecedented access to information on the energy policies of countries in Asia and the Pacific, and advance the sustainable energy agenda in the region.

The Asia Pacific Energy Portal offers member States powerful tools, including highly interactive data visualizations that enable rapid trends identification as well as policy tracking and search. The unique combination of data and policy information in one application will help improve analysis of the energy situation, policies and their development impact. Alongside the portal, ESCAP also launched the first annual Regional Trends Report on Energy for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific. The Report provides an additional platform for member States to share their experiences through case studies regarding the energy sector and its future development.


Energy Efficiency Project Resource Center (EEPRC) Launched

In partnership with energypedia, the World Bank’s Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) has developed an online database for energy efficiency documents. The EEPRC offers a repository of documents and templates related to energy efficiency project development (such as sample terms of reference, surveys and questionnaires, examples of economic and financial analysis, and case studies). It aims to make project planning and implementation more efficient by reducing the cost associated with having to create new working documents from scratch as well as to facilitate knowledge exchange across organizations and countries. The EEPRC is designed to complement the already existing Renewable Energy Project Resource Center on energypedia. This is a living repository and its success depends on contributions from the global energy community.


The Clean Energy Solutions Center is pleased to announce the launch of the Clean Energy Grid Integration Network (CEGIN) for policy makers. Many developing countries are endorsing high targets for renewable energy (RE), but accommodating significant quantities of variable RE, such as wind and solar, will require changes to how power systems are planned and operated. CEGIN will help governments around the world strengthen policies and programs to enable high levels of renewable energy generation for electricity systems along with related demand response, smart grid and storage solutions. This network is a partnership of the Clean Energy Solutions Center, 21st Century Power Partnership (21CPP), Low Emission Development Strategies Global Partnership (LEDS GP) and Asia LEDS Partnership, and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). For more information on CEGIN, please see here. To become a CEGIN member, sign up here.