Renewable energy is a critical component of any long-term energy plan, but solar, wind, geothermal, and hydro are currently under-exploited across many frontier and emerging markets.
Utility-scale wind and solar farms that could generate abundant energy for cities and industrial zones face many similar barriers of cost, financing, and risks as other sources of power. Technological, policy, and financial innovations could accelerate the deployment of utility-scale renewables and facilitate their integration into wider power systems.
The Hub translates the latest data and research about the cost, technology, and policy issues that constrain a scale-up of solar, wind, geothermal, and hydro power — and connects those insights to policymakers who can use them.
- MemoFor wind and solar, big is (usually) betterDramatic cost reductions in wind and especially solar power seem to promise a distributed energy future. Grid-connected rooftop solar lets any home or industrial facility become a “prosumer” that produces electricity as well as consuming it.Learn More
- MemoTop 10 Barriers to Utility-Scale Solar in Sub-Saharan MarketsGiven pervasively high electricity tariffs across the region and rapidly falling CAPEX costs, utility-scale solar may be a profitable cornerstone solution to Sub-Saharan Africa’s energy needs. But large-scale solar projects face major execution barriers that cause high pipeline attrition.Learn More