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Atlas to help double world’s renewable energy share by 2030

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Abu Dhabi: Governments and private players interested in building various renewable energy sources can easily identify their potential and suitable areas for deployment in their countries with a click of a button.

Global Renewable Energy Atlas launched by International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) on Sunday at its third annual assembly in Abu Dhabi, provides preliminary results on wind and solar, and will progressively include other renewable energy resources.

The Atlas will help governments and private companies save money and efforts on iability studies of solar and wind energy projects.

It is an internet-based Geographic Information System that supports decision making, particularly in areas where existing information is insufficient. The Atlas identifies the potential areas of solar radiation and wind in individual countries.

About 37 nations have signed a statement of interest on Atlas, indicating interest in contributing to the Global Atlas.

“We have been working on it for long time,” said Adnan Z Amin, the Director General of Irena. It was Amin’s one of the major initiatives after taking the helm of Irena in 2010.

“The Atlas provides a powerful new tool in international efforts to double the world’s share of renewable energy by 2030,” he said.

Apart from already charted solar and wind sources, the atlas will expand to other forms of renewable energy over 2013 and 2014. It is designed to raise awareness of the world’s renewable energy potential, and to help companies looking to invest in new markets.


The Internet-based platform, accessible to all at

A video and brochure is also available through the web portal —


“In the next 10 years we expect a huge rise in the investments in renewable energy. The Global Solar and Wind Atlas will help us make the right decisions”, said Martin Lidegaard, Danish Minister of Climate, Energy and Building, and President of the third session of the Irena Assembly.