Renewable Energy

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy (RE) technologies offer a sustainable path towards energy security and economic development, while also meeting the need to address global climate change and local air pollution challenges. In the form of grid connected, mini grid and stand alone systems, renewable energy complements and enhances the capacity of energy systems to provide reliable and affordable electric power to businesses and households alike, and to extend electricity services to remote populations. The World Bank Energy teams have developed significant expertise in designing, implementing and supporting renewable energy projects and a wealth of information has been made available through reports, guides and toolkits, such as the links given below.

 

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Financing

The Large-Scale Financing Learning Module provides an introduction to the different ways of financing large-scale renewable energy projects. It identifies the mechanisms generally best suited to deal with each kind of risk and barrier that projects often face, and identifies some immediate next steps for key stakeholder groups like policymakers and financiers.

Small-scale renewable energy typically refers to mini- or micro-grids and small power producers with a generation capacity of between 200kW and 10MW. The Small-Scale Financing module provides an introduction to the different ways of financing these projects, a discussion of the risks and barriers that can impede financing, and some immediate next steps for key stakeholders like policymakers and financiers.

Micro-scale renewable energy typically means household- and individual-sized units like solar home systems or solar lantern and phone charging kits. The Micro-Scale Financing module provides an introduction to the different ways of financing these projects, from both the supply and demand sides. It concludes by identifying some immediate next steps for key stakeholders like policymakers and financiers.

Policy

Micro-scale renewable energy typically refers to individual- and household scale technologies as well as micro grids with a generation capacity of up to 200kW. The Policies to Support Micro-Scale Renewable Energy module provides an introduction to the different policy and regulatory instruments available to support these types of projects, which include ways to support customers, companies, and the sector as a whole.

Large-scale renewable energy typically refers to utility-scale projects with a generation capacity larger than 10MW. The Policies to Support Large-Scale Renewable Energy module provides an introduction to the different policy and regulatory instruments available to support these types of projects, which include price-based and quantity-based mechanisms, fiscal and financial instruments, and other policies and regulations.

Solar

The small-scale solar module guides users through the process of developing a small-scale solar power project. The module is designed to give users a brief overview of the technology, the global market for the technology, the phases of developing a small-scale solar plant and the key issues involved. The module also provides a knowledge center where users can find relevant case studies, links, technical specifications and other material.

The toolkit answers questions about what major technical and institutional requirements are necessary or what major pitfalls to avoid. The toolkit focuses on factors that can make the project sustainable. The module also provides a knowledge center where users can find relevant case studies, links, technical specifications and other material.

The large scale solar technology learning module guides users through the process of developing a large-scale (greater than 10MW capacity) solar power project. The module is designed to give users a brief overview of the technology, the global market for the technology, the several phases of developing a large scale solar plant and the key issues involved.

The Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) Technology Learning Module introduces the process of developing a utility scale CSP power project. The module describes the solar resource, ways to assess it and the various CSP technologies that can be used. It also describes the project development process providing a framework and best practices that can be followed.

Geothermal

The geothermal energy toolkit guides users through the process of understanding how geothermal energy is converted to electricity, the large-scale project development process, and both the benefits and risks associated with geothermal energy projects. The module also provides a knowledge center where users can find relevant case studies, links, technical specifications and other material.

Bioenergy

The biomass energy toolkit guides users through the process of understanding the global bioenergy industry, how biomass energy is converted to electricity, the development process for a utility scale biomass power plant, and both the benefits and risks associated with bioenergy planning with a special focus on key environment issues.

Hydro

This online training will give participants the opportunity to learn about the basics of small hydropower technology.

The course is intended to give participants a solid introduction to the varied disciplines involved in planning, designing, constructing and operating small hydropower.

Topics include introduction to small hydro, planning, civil design, electro mechanical works, project construction and management, operation-maintenance-renovation, financing aspects, global experiences with small hydropower plants (e.g. lessons learnt, barriers to development and their mitigation, lessons from failures).

Each module can be taken separately. By taking all the modules, the online participant will gain a good understanding of what is involved in making a small hydropower successful.

Knowledge Center

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