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Renewable energy statistics 2021

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Renewable Energy Statistics 2021 by IRENA provides data sets on the power-generation capacity for 2011-2020, actual power generation for 2011-2019, and renewable energy balances for over 130 countries and areas for 2018-2019. Data were obtained from a variety of sources, including an IRENA questionnaire, official national statistics, industry association reports, consultant reports, and news articles. […]

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Measuring Solar Irradiation in Africa: A case for change

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This report sheds light on how solar production estimates are made, the specific challenges faced in estimating solar irradiation in Africa today, and the negative consequences CBE has seen as a result of inaccurate estimates. By highlighting this issue, we aim to begin a broader conversation about how to raise the C&I industry standard for […]

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RE Benefits: Leveraging Local Capacity for Solar Water Heaters

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This report from IRENA aims to expand policy makers’ understanding of the steps needed to develop a local market for solar water heaters, and the existing capabilities that can be leveraged to do so. This report highlights opportunities to create local value by setting up a domestic industry around solar water heater. Heating and cooling […]

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Trading into Bright Energy Future: The Case for Open, High-Quality Solar PV Markets

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Solar photovoltaics (PV) has become a mainstay of low-carbon sustainable energy strategies, with the cost of electricity generated by PV plants declining by 77% between 2010 and 2018. Trade and the globalization of the solar PV market have been major factors driving the decrease in technology prices as manufacturers are able to source goods and […]

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World Energy Transitions Outlook: 1.5°C Pathway

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Irena’s World Energy Transitions Outlook outlines a pathway for the world to achieve the Paris Agreement goals and halt the pace of climate change by transforming the global energy landscape. This report presents options to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C and bring CO2 emissions to net-zero by 2050, offering high-level insights on technology choices, […]

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OFFSHORE RENEWABLES: An action agenda for deployment

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The report developed by International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) provides insights on various emerging offshore renewable energy technologies and their underlying potential. The report includes 50 concrete actions that G20 countries may consider while defining their national strategies for offshore renewables. Suggested actions include strengthening an oceans governance according to the UN Law of the […]

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Indian Renewable Energy Industry Analysis

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The India Brand Equity Foundation (ibef) has reported an analysis of the Indian Renewable Energy in May 2021. It reported that India ranked third in EY Renewable Energy Country Attractive Index. Installed renewable power generation capacity has increased at a fast pace over the past few years, posting a CAGR of 17.33% between FY14-FY20. Power […]

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China: 40 Year Experience in Renewable Energy Development

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In less than 40 years, China has moved from a lagger to global leader status. While the energy demand has steadily grown at an unprecedented pace, frequently at a double-digit growth rate, the share of renewables in the total primary energy consumption ramped up from 4 percent in 1980 to about 13.1 percent in 2019, […]

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Middle East Solar Industry Association’s Mid-year Solar Outlook 2021

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The Middle East Solar Industry Association (MESIA) is the largest solar trade association in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Established in 2009, it carries out solar-related activities and programs across the MENA region. The mid-year report is a more concise version of the MESIA Annual Outlook Report to be published in January […]

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