IRENA Develops Renewable Energy Country Profiles for Africa and Pacific

November 2011: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has developed Renewable Energy Country Profiles for the Africa and Pacific regions, which take stock of the latest developments in renewable energy in two regions where renewable energy can make a significant contribution to combat climate change and bring modern energy services to all.

The country profiles combine elements of IRENA analysis with the latest information available from an array of sources, in order to give a brief yet comprehensive and up-to-date picture of the situation of renewable energy that includes energy supply, electrical capacity, energy access, policies, targets, investment climate, projects and endowment in renewable energy resources. Because of the different time lines of these sources, the data refer to the period from 2008-2012. Data availability also differs from country to country, which makes comparison with a wider regional group possible only for the year for which figures are available for all the members of the group; while this may not be the most recent year, the profiles present differences between countries, regions and the world.

The current country profiles will be expanded with new indicators to make them more informative, and maintained as a live product on the IRENA website as a key source of information on renewable energy. [IRENA Press Release] [Africa Profiles] [Pacific Profiles]