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REN21’s Renewables Global Status Report provides a comprehensive and timely overview of renewable energy market, industry, investment, and policy developments worldwide. It enables policymakers, industry, investors, and civil society to make informed decisions.

The report covers recent developments, current status, and key trends; by design, it does not provide analysis or forecast.

The Renewables Global Status Report relies on up-to-date renewable energy data, provided by an international network of more than 500 contributors, researchers, and authors.

 

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2014: The year of concentrating solar power
2014: The year of concentrating solar power

1st May 2014

Organisation(s): US Department of Energy (DOE)

Topic(s): Renewables, Solar energy

Concentrating solar power (CSP) is a technology that harnesses the sun’s energy potential and has the capacity to provide hundreds of thousands of customers in the United States with reliable renewable energy. The United States is particularly well suited for CSP because it leverages the nation’s abundant solar energy resources, particularly in the sun-drenched southwestern states. 

The year 2014 marks a significant milestone in the history of American solar energy. Through sustained, long-term investments by the United States Department of Energy (DOE) and committed industry partners, some of the most innovative CSP plants in the world connected to the United States electricity grid in 2013, and five plants of this kind are expected to be fully operational by the end of 2014.

 

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The socio-economic benefits of solar and wind energy
The socio-economic benefits of solar and wind energy

1st May 2014

Organisation(s): Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Topic(s): Economics, Renewables, Solar energy, Wind energy

The Socio-economic Benefits of Solar and Wind,  an econValue report, bridges the knowledge gap with a holistic analysis of the environmental, social and economic value created from large-scale solar and wind energy deployment. In doing so, it offers a new conceptual framework in support of ongoing analytical work conducted by IRENA and other partners in the Clean Energy Ministerial with a view to reinforcing the economic and business case for renewable energy.

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Global market outlook for photovoltaics 2013-2017
Global market outlook for photovoltaics 2013-2017

1st February 2014

Organisation(s): European Photovoltaic Industry Association

Topic(s): Solar energy, Solar photovoltaics

This report assesses the European and global markets for PV in 2012, and makes forecasts for the next five years. It is based on an internal analysis of data from industry members, national associations, government agencies and electric utilities. The figures presented were discussed and analysed by key players from the PV industry at our 8th EPIA Market Workshop in Brussels in March 2013.

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Insights from interviews, a survey and a workshop with potential end-users of the global atlas for solar and wind energy
Insights from interviews, a survey and a workshop with potential end-users of the global atlas for solar and wind energy

1st June 2013

Organisation(s): International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), United Nations Environment Programme

Topic(s): Public engagement, Renewables, Solar energy, Wind energy

The Global Renewable Energy Atlas is an open-access on-line resource intended to support well-informed energy policy and investment decisions. The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have compiled feedback from end-users during this first phase to provide guidance for subsequent Global Atlas expansion. This joint report compiles responses and makes recommendations from extensive end-user consultations.

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Development of solar and wind power in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu
Development of solar and wind power in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu

24th April 2013

Organisation(s): Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Topic(s): Law and regulation, Policy, Renewables, Solar energy, Wind energy

This publication analyses the performance of India's Karnataka and Tamil Nadu in their efforts towards installing solar and wind energy. It attempts to distil the reasons for their success, albeit using two very different renewable energy programs. It also covers the major initiatives taken by the country in the form of policy and regulations including the formation of a full-fledged Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, the Electricity Act, 2003, the National Electricity Policy, 2005, the National Tariff Policy, 2006, Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana, 2005, and Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM).

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Strategic research and innovation agenda for renewable heating & cooling
Strategic research and innovation agenda for renewable heating & cooling

1st March 2013

Organisation(s): European Union, The European Technology Platform on Renewable Heating and Cooling

Topic(s): Biofuels / Bioenergy, Geothermal energy, Renewables, Solar energy

The European Technology Platform on Renewable Heating and Cooling produced this document to address the short, medium and longer term research and development needs in the field of renewable heating and cooling technologies. The authors identify research priorities for biomass, geothermal, solar thermal and cross cutting technologies. This document sets out the likely directions of technological and organisational changes that will need to be converted into specific research activities over the next years. Furthermore, it aims to facilitate the coordination of other research programmes in and between member states. 

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This handbook provides statistics and information - presented in tables and graphs - to describe the state of renewable energy technologies, capacity and growth, in the United States.

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The Renewables Global Status Report provides a comprehensive and timely overview of renewable energy market, industry, investment, and policy developments worldwide. It relies on the most recent data available, provided by a network of more than 500 contributors and researchers from around the world, all of which is brought together by a multi-disciplinary authoring team. The report covers recent developments, current status, and key trends; by design, it does not provide analysis or forecasts.

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Pacific lighthouses: renewable energy roadmapping for Islands
Pacific lighthouses: renewable energy roadmapping for Islands

1st January 2013

Organisation(s): International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Topic(s): Hydroelectricity, Marine energy, Renewables, Solar energy, Wind energy

This report identifies the key concepts, challenges and best practices for the accelerated uptake of renewable energy in the Pacific Islands region. It provides island governments and stakeholders with baseline information to assist in the development of local renewable energy deployment roadmaps, and to strengthen the implementation of regional initiatives.

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Delivering on the clean energy economy: The role of policy in developing sucessful domestic solar and wind industries
Delivering on the clean energy economy: The role of policy in developing sucessful domestic solar and wind industries

1st November 2012

Organisation(s): World Resources Institute

Topic(s): Law and regulation, Policy, Renewables, Solar energy, Wind energy

This working paper emerges from a collaboration of five leading research institutions: World Resources Institute (WRI), Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Öko Institut, Renmin University of China, and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), based in the target countries. Researchers at each institution reviewed and gathered information from domestic and international data sources to create a richly nuanced but still comparable review of the development of these industries.
The assessment attempts to uncover in particular how policymakers have cultivated successes. Countries have pursued a range of policies to accomplish these goals and there is now sufficient history in the solar PV and wind industries to begin to draw conclusions about whether countries have met their goals and what policy steps have been effective along the way.

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Simulating the value of concentrating solar power with thermal energy storage in a production cost model
Simulating the value of concentrating solar power with thermal energy storage in a production cost model

1st November 2012

Organisation(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Topic(s): Economics, Renewables, Solar energy

Concentrating solar power (CSP) deployed with thermal energy storage (TES) provides a dispatchable source of renewable energy. The value of CSP with TES, as with other potential generation resources, needs to be established using traditional utility planning tools. Production cost models, which simulate the operation of grid, are often used to estimate the operational value of different generation mixes. CSP with TES has historically had limited analysis in commercial production simulations. This document describes the implementation of CSP with TES in a commercial production cost model. It also describes the simulation of grid operations with CSP in a test system consisting of two balancing areas located primarily in Colorado.

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