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 the World Bank 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 potential to add new countries as and when additional funding is obtained. Co-funding and partnerships at the project level are being actively pursued to expand coverage and ensure good coordination with key development partners.
For further information on this initiative please download the 2-page summary or refer to the links provided below.
The country projects funded by ESMAP are listed below:
Global Resources and Guidance
Access to meteorological measurement data from the ESMAP-funded country projects: Energy Open Data Platform
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's Corporate Procurement department to run a competitive selection for the award of framework contracts.
These are open-ended, multi-year contracts for the provision of resource mapping services, allowing the World Bank to have a pre-approved list of 3-4 suppliers for each renewable energy resource covered - except biomass - and reducing the procurement time for each project.
The competitive selection process was run between January-April 2013, with contracts signed in June 2013.
The firms awarded with framework contracts are as follows:
For biomass, ESMAP ran a separate selection process to develop a roster of 10 shortlisted firms that can then be invited to take part in country-specific selections.
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.
US National Renewable Energy Laboratory: Assessments and Tools: NREL Website
Wind Energy Resource Atlas for the Pacific Islands and South East Asia: ASTAE Website
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