Call for tender – LAC Thematic Report

REN21 is looking for a consultant to develop a report that looks at the interface between renewable energy tenders and community [em]power[ment] in the Latin America and Caribbean region. The report will be launched at the Mexico International Renewable Energy Conference (MEXIREC) that will be held on 11-13 September, 2017. Terms of Reference are available here: TOR LAC Thematic Report.   The deadline date for receipt of proposals is: Friday, 24 February 2017, 17:00 (CET).

New Global Solar Atlas Tool

The World Bank and International Solar Alliance (ISA) launched Global Solar Atlas at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, January 2017.   This web-based tool allows users to quickly identify potential solar power generation anywhere in the world. This tool is targeted for investors and policymakers to be able to understand —from a quick glance—  the solar power generation potential of a particular region. Users can zoom in to 1 km spatial resolution.  The application can generate a short report about the potential generation power of different types of PV systems, allowing governments or private companies to carry out preliminary research on a potential site for PV plant.  The Atlas can also be used for educational purposes.   The Atlas is comprised of 22 years of satellite measurement data which has been validated using high quality ground-based measurement data.  The result is high-precision data.   Data are still lacking for many developing countries due to lack of ground-based measurement data from high precision solar radiation sensors. The World Bank intends to install solar measurement stations in at least 20 developing countries over the next four years to begin addressing this issue.   Global Solar Atlas is available for public now and completely free. This can be accessed from platform or directly go to

Peer Review of Renewables 2017 Global Status Report

The first round of peer review of GSR 2017 has  started and we need your expert input. This year we have a brand new, user-friendly review platform called “Annotate” so now providing comments is easier than ever.   Reviewers can choose to focus on the section most closely aligned with your specific knowledge and expertise. Texts to review include:   Distributed Renewable Energy for Energy Access Enabling Technologies & System Integration (Electric Mobility, Storage, and Heat Pumps) Policy Landscape Energy Efficiency Feature: Dispelling the Baseload Power Myths The Energy Access–Energy Efficiency Nexus A Distributed Renewable Energy (DRE) Reference Table can also be reviewed. Here we invite you to include DRE market data for 2015 and 2016 (number of systems, installed capacities, customers served, etc.) for developing countries.   To access the review draft click here:  Deadline for comments is 21 January, 2017 23:00 Paris time.   A second review round for all remaining chapters and sidebars in the GSR 2017 will be available for comment in March/April 2017. Please note that those text that are currently being reviewed (see list above)  WILL NOT be available for comment in the second round so use this opportunity now to provide your input!   Should you have any questions or require any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us at   As always, thank you for your valuable contributions, which will be acknowledged in the final report.

Read REN21’s latest Newsletter

REN21’s December newsletter is now available for reading. It contains news from the secretariat, its members as  well as upcoming events. Of interest is the hosting of the 2017 IREC by Mexico and the released of REN21’s Annual Report 2016.   This month’s newsletter network news is from GIZ, Global Leap, RCREEE, GWEC, ALER, Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, WBA, ISGAN, WWEC, IGA, UNDP, ECOWAS, and IIASA.   The newsletter can be read here .  Or you can subscribe now to have the next newsletter sent to you directly via email.

REN21 Annual Report 2016

REN21’s 2016 Annual Report is now available online. The report summarises REN21’s activities throughout 2016, including our latest publications, activities, and 2015 accounts.  The report also outlines what REN21 will do in 2017, including the co-hosting of MEXIREC in Mexico City, 11-13 September, 2017.  Mark your calendars!   REN21 Annual Report 2016 is available here.

IREC 2017 to be held in Mexico

The Government of Mexico has teamed up with REN21 – the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century – to organise the next International Renewable Energy Conference (IREC) in Mexico from 11-13 September 2017, within the framework of the Strategic Dialogues on the Future of Energy.   Dedicated exclusively to the renewable energy sector, IREC is a high-level political conference series hosted by a national government every two years and convened by REN21. Each IREC acts as a common platform for government, private sector and civil society leaders to jointly address the goal of advancing renewable energy and has provided the impetuses for several momentous initiatives over the past decade. IREC 2017 in Mexico will continue to build upon the successes and outcomes of the previous conferences held in South Africa (2015), Abu Dhabi (2013), Delhi (2010), Washington D.C (2008), Beijing (2005) and Bonn (2004).   Click here to read the full press release.   For more information about the IREC process and previous conferences, click here.

Internship Opportunities Available

REN21 is seeking a dynamic individual who is interested in gaining experience in the renewable energy sector in Spring 2017. The internship is for six months and remunerated. The start date is March 1st, 2017.   Data/Social Media Intern Vacancy, application deadline: Sunday, 8 January 2017   To apply, send a CV and a cover letter outlining your suitability and interest in the position to   Please mention “REN21 Data/Social Media Internship” in the e-mail header. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.   Good luck!

Biofuture Platform: New 20-country coalition set to promote advanced fuels for the climate

Biofuture Platform, a coalition of 20 leading countries in the clean energy and the bioeconomy fields was launched 16 November 2016 at COP22, Marrakech. The coalition of governments aim to accelerate development and scale-up the deployment of modern sustainable low-carbon alternatives to fossil based solutions in transport fuels, industrial processes, chemicals, plastics and other sectors.   The Biofuture Platform follows-up on the commitments established by Rio+20, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement. The initiative ́s ultimate goals will be to help in the global fight against climate change, nurturing solutions that can aid countries in reaching their Nationally Determined Contribution targets (NDCs), as well as to contribute towards the SDGs.   The list of participating countries to date includes Argentina, Brazil, China, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, India, Italy, Morocco, Paraguay, Sweden, the United States of America and Uruguay. A number of international organisations, such as IRENA, UNCTAD, IEA, FAO, and SE4ALL, as well as private sector associations and initiatives such as the WBCSD, ABBI, UNICA, and below50, are supporting this initiative.   Press release of Biofuture Platform is available to download here.

Arab Future Energy Index (AFEX) just released

The Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE), in collaboration with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and Islamic Development Bank Group (IDBG), will present key developments in the Arab region’s transition towards a sustainable energy pathway. The event will take place Thursday, 17 November 2016 (13:30-14:30), in IDBG Pavilion, Green Zone. The presentation will be based on the recently released 2016 edition of the Arab Future Energy Index (AFEX) Renewable Energy developed by RCREEE with support of UNDP Arab Climate Resilience Initiative. AFEX RE 2016 assesses the sustainable energy investment climate in 20 countries of the Arab region and is a key analytical benchmarking tool for gauging progress on national energy goals. It provides a practical analytical tool that is expected to play a critical role tracking progress on the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 7 on energy and the climate mitigation goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. Detailed info and agenda of the event can be found here.