RE Resource Mapping

Countries need to understand their renewable energy resource potential to plan programs, and attract developers and investors. High-level country maps of solar and wind potential have historically been carried out sporadically using different methodologies. Estimates of renewable energy resource in developing countries tend to be less certain due to a lack of ground-based measurement data for validation purposes. This increases the risk for developers, raising costs. 

ESMAP’s initiative on RE Resource Mapping launched in 2012 helps countries to map their renewable energy resource potential using the latest methodologies, and then incorporate this data into national planning.