Renewable Energy Resource Mapping Initiative
Assessing and mapping a country’s renewable energy resources is a crucial step in scaling-up investment into clean energy.
Such assessments provide governments with the information needed to strategically guide commercial development, negotiate prices, and take account of environmental and social constraints. In response to high demand from World Bank client countries, ESMAP is implementing a major global initiative to support renewable energy resource assessment and mapping for biomass, small hydro, solar and wind.
The ESMAP-funded country projects are implemented by World Bank project teams and cover comprehensive mapping and geospatial planning, including ground-based data collection. As an "open data" initiative, all key outputs and datasets will be made publicly available, with the visual mapping outputs made available through the Global Atlas for Renewable Energy that is being developed by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).
ESMAP has allocated $22.5m in support of 12 country projects over a four-year period up to 2018, with the resources being mapped in each country dependent on needs and the budget available. Co-funding and partnerships at the project level are being actively pursued to expand coverage and ensure good coordination with key development partners.
To learn more about this initiative, download the Fact Sheet or refer to the links provided below.
Projects and Data
The country projects funded by ESMAP are:
(* Projects marked with an asterisk have also received funding from ASTAE)
In addition to the outputs available via the above project pages, a small number of countries have benefitted from preliminary mappping where they are a neighbor to one of the above countries. GIS layers (provided as Zip files) are therefore available for the following countries: Afghanistan (wind), Burundi (solar), Djibouti (wind), Eritrea (wind), Rwanda (solar), and Somalia (wind).
The map below shows the locations of solar and wind measuring stations that have been installed under the above country projects, or previous initiatives where a partnership agreement exists. The full measurement data is hosted on the Energy & Extractives Open Data Platform, and can be freely accessed and downloaded.
Resources and Guidance
Access to meteorological measurement data from the ESMAP-funded country projects: Energy & Extractives Open Data Platform (see also the map embedded above)
Template Terms of Reference (TOR) are provided, based on those developed by ESMAP under this initiative, for use by governments and other agencies looking to commission similar work: Solar TOR Package | Wind TOR Package
ESMAP Knowledge Exchange Forum 2013 on SE4ALL and RE Mapping: Summary, Agenda and Presentations
Best Practice Guidelines for Mesoscale Wind Mapping Projects for the World Bank (2010): Report
To efficiently manage the procurement of specialist resource mapping services for projects funded under this initiative, ESMAP worked closely with the World Bank Group's Corporate Procurement department to run a competitive selection process in early 2013 for the award of multi-year framework contracts in three categories: small hydro, solar and wind. In each category 3-4 vendors were selected, who were then invited to put forward proposals on a project-by-project basis. In some cases project teams opened up selections to a wider group of vendors in situtations where the framework contract holders were not all willing to bid on a specific assignment, thereby ensuring competition.
The vendors awarded with framework contracts are as follows:
The vendor(s) selected for each assignment are listed on the country project pages - see links above.
Other vendors interested in supplying resource mapping or data collection services under sub-contract should approach the above vendors directly. Note that the procedures outlined above do not cover procurement of services under projects that are implemented by client country governments with World Bank financing, for which further details can be obtained via the Operational Procurement section of the World Bank website.
Country and regional resources: Canadian Wind Energy Atlas | New European Wind Atlas | India Wind Energy Atlas | Mozambique Renewable Energy Atlas | South Africa Wind Atlas | South Africa Strategic Environmental Assessment for Wind and Solar | United States Wind Energy Resource Atlas
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The following mappings outputs were carried out under previous World Bank projects, and are now considered obsolete due to improvements in methodology and data availability. However, they are provided for research and comparison purposes.
All outputs under this initiative are licensed by the World Bank Group under a Creative Commons Attribution license (CC BY 3.0 IGO). Users should cite the World Bank Group as the data provider, and make reference to the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) as the provider of funding for this work.