Renewable Energy Resource Mapping Initiative
Accurate data on renewable energy resource potential is crucial for government planning and policy-making, and for initial site scoping by commercial developers. It also helps lower the resource risk in project development, thereby leading to lower electricty prices for solar power plants.
ESMAP has been working since 2013 to support 11 countries in undertaking renewable energy resource assessment and mapping studies, focusing on biomass, small hydro, solar and wind. Many projects are now well advanced, and the results are being used to inform government strategies and the investment decisions of commercial developers.
In January 2017 a major milestone was reached with the launch of a new Global Solar Atlas. For the first time the latest solar resource data is available worldwide for the benefit of governments and commercial developers. The press release can be found on the World Bank website.
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 data (provided as Zip files) are therefore available for the following countries: Afghanistan: GIS (wind), Burundi: GIS (solar), Djibouti: GIS, LIB (wind), Eritrea: GIS, LIB (wind), Rwanda: GIS (solar), and Somalia (GIS, LIB) (wind).
The complete datasets with time-series measurement data are availalbe for download on the World Bank Group's Energydata.info platform.
Resources and Guidance
Assessing and Mapping Renewable Energy Resources (2016): Report
Access to meteorological measurement data from the ESMAP-funded country projects: Energy Open Data Platform
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
For the initial round of country projects ESMAP led a process to award Framework Contracts to a number of vendors. Each project component (e.g. solar mapping in Zambia) was then competitively procured from within this vendor pool, except in cases where additional vendors were invited to ensure a full competition. The vendor responsible for each project component is listed on the page for the respective country project (see above). Vendors that did not manage to secure an assignment have had their Framework Contract lapse. All remaining Framework Contracts will expire once all the related assignments are completed.
More recently ESMAP has led two selection processes to establish a Roster of Firms for the provision of biomass mapping and solar measurement services. The Roster is used to narrow down future selections to vendors that have the required experience and expertise. The following vendors are included on the two Rosters:
Finally, ESMAP has led a procurement process to award a Master Agreement for the provision of solar resource assessment and mapping services over a multi-year period, and will be replicating this process for wind.
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.
Global Wind Atlas developed by DTU Wind Energy
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 under a Creative Commons Attribution license (CC BY 3.0 IGO). Users should cite The World Bank as the data provider, and make reference to the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) as the provider of funding for this work.