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2020
3 Jun 2020

Renewables Increasingly Beat Even Cheapest Coal Competitors on Cost

Renewable power is increasingly cheaper than any new electricity capacity based on fossil fuels. Renewable Power Generation Costs in 2019 shows that more than half of the renewable capacity added in 2019 achieved lower power costs than the cheapest new coal plants.
1 Jun 2020

Hydropower Plants to Support Solar and Wind Energy in West Africa

Hydropower plants can support solar and wind power, rather unpredictable by nature, in a climate-friendly manner. A new study in the scientific journal Nature Sustainability has now mapped the potential for such "solar-wind-water" strategies for West Africa: an important region where the power sector is still under development, and where generation capacity and power grids will be greatly expanded in the coming years.
14 May 2020

Uptick for Renewable Electricity Generation in 2019

While the ongoing health, political, economic and social impacts of the coronavirus pandemic continue to preoccupy people across the world, as recovery plans are discussed and taking shape, decision makers are encouraged to use this as an opportunity to set our societies on a more sustainable development path.
8 Apr 2020

Renewables Account for Almost Three Quarters of New Capacity in 2019

IRENA's annual Renewable Capacity Statistics 2020 shows that renewables expanded by 7.6 per cent last year with Asia dominating growth and accounting for 54 per cent of total additions. While expansion of renewables slowed last year, total renewable power growth outpaced fossil fuel growth by a factor of 2.6, continuing the dominance of renewables in power expansion first established in 2012. Solar and wind contributed 90 per cent of total renewable capacity added in 2019.
2019
26 Jun 2019

Creation of Africa mini-grid system

Africa is still facing a serious problem of energy access. On this immense continent, many cities remain off-grid. With a population of more than 200 million, Nigeria is a country comprising 36 states, only one of which has an electricity network.
20 Jun 2019

UNDP and IRENA join forces to advance low-carbon energy transition

The United Nations Development Programme and the International Renewable Energy Agency ( announced a global partnership to accelerate low-carbon energy transition and offer concrete steps to achieve sustainable development. Under the cooperation, the organizations will explore joint initiatives aimed at accelerating the implementation of the Agenda 2030, and stimulating renewable energy investments in developing countries.
31 May 2019

Falling Renewable Power Costs Open Door to Greater Climate Ambition

Renewable power is the cheapest source of electricity in many parts of the world already today, the latest report from the International Renewable Energy Agency shows.
3 Apr 2019

Renewable energy now accounts for a third of global power capacity

The decade-long trend of strong growth in renewable energy capacity continued in 2018 with global additions of 171 gigawatts, according to new data released by the International Renewable Energy Agency.
20 Feb 2019

Innovation paves way for next stage of global energy transformation

Countries at the forefront of the energy transformation are getting more than a third of their energy from variable renewables like solar and wind, and they're doing it in a cost-effective manner. By making use of innovative solutions that allow to integrate a higher share of renewables into power systems, innovation holds the key to a cost-effective global energy transformation.
17 Jan 2019

Francesco La Camera appointed as new IRENA Director-General

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Assembly selected Francesco La Camera to be the next Director-General of IRENA. The appointment took place during the 9th Assembly of IRENA, the ultimate decision-making body of the agency. Mr. La Camera will take office on 4 April 2019, succeeding Adnan Z. Amin, who has been IRENA Director-General since 2011.
17 Jan 2019

Renewable energy most competitive source of new power in GCC

Renewable energy is the most competitive form of power generation in Gulf Cooperation Council countries, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency.
2018
8 Nov 2018

A report from IOREC 2018

Organised by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the International Off-grid Renewable Energy Conference (IOREC) is the leading global event for off-grid renewable energy, technology analyst Dr Iain Meager attended.
24 Oct 2018

Palau to host world's largest microgrid

The Republic of Palau announced the signing of a 30-year Power Purchase Agreement of a proposed plan to develop and deploy a 35MW solar PV and 45MWh battery storage microgrid in Palau.
1 Oct 2018

Solar power plant with battery storage for Seychelles

Masdar, Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, will helpthe Public Utilities Corporation in building a five-megawatt solar photovoltaic power plant with battery storage in the Republic of Seychelles.
2 Jul 2018

Batwind - the world's first battery for offshore wind

With Batwind in operation, it will for the first time be possible to store energy produced from an offshore wind farm. Electricity produced at the world's first floating offshore wind farm Hywind Scotland, located 25 kilometers off the coast of Peterhead, will be transported via cables to an onshore substation where the 1 MW batteries are placed and connected to the grid.
22 Jun 2018

Diesel Genset Sales will Collapse

Tightening emissions regulations make diesel cars more expensive to make, so it is only a few years before pure electric cars will be cheaper to make. This was predicted ten years ago by IDTechEx to be around 2022 for small cars and that date is now confirmed by several car manufacturers.
15 Jun 2018

Off grid increasing

The trend to off grid electricity production being a declining percentage is now being reversed, as IDTechEx predicted.
1 Jun 2018

Canada set to become member of IRENA

Canada is set to become a Member of the International Renewable Energy Agency after confirming its intention to begin the membership applications process.
8 Feb 2018

Renewable power generation costs in 2017

Renewable energy has emerged as an increasingly competitive way to meet new power generation needs. This comprehensive cost report from the International Renewable Energy Agency highlights the latest trends for each of the main renewable power technologies, based on the latest cost and auction price data from projects around the world.
2017
28 Mar 2017

Airborne Wind Energy: sophisticated technology, primitive marketing

The technology of Airborne Wind Energy AWE has progressed in leaps and bounds recently as many developers prepare to sell them.