Comments Off on Online REZoning Tool based on MapRE released
The Energy Sector Management Assistance Programme (ESMAP) of the World Bank, the University of California Santa Barbara, Development Seed, and Derelinx have developed and released an online REZoning tool using the MapRE methods. This is a powerful tool that can identify solar PV, onshore wind, and offshore wind suitable sites and zones anywhere in the world using the Global wind and solar atlas data. Further, the tool can use multiple criteria including distance to transmission lines and roads, ports, and protected areas to prioritize zones and estimate their levelized costs based on user inputs—the same methodology developed and applied in the MapRE excel and Tableau tools. We are incredibly excited about this release and hope users around the world get the opportunity to conduct REZoning analysis in minutes rather than months.
This study used the MapRE tools to identify wind and solar PV resources in India and then evaluated the impacts of different targets and mixes of renewable energy on total system costs and GHG emissions.
Our peer-reviewed paper details siting strategies that reduce the economic costs, risks, and environmental impact of wind and solar deployment in Eastern and Southern Africa. It finds that ‘no-regrets’–highly accessible, low-cost, and low-impact–sites are plentiful, and international interconnections needed to encourage their development across the region. The study encompasses and builds on our earlier work with IRENA by exploring wind site selection scenarios in Southern Africa.
The paper is open access (free to non-subscribers) and can be viewed and downloaded on the PNAS webpage here.
Comments Off on Updates to ‘Renewable Energy Zones for the Africa Clean Energy Corridor’ report
We’ve uploaded a corrected version of the
Africa_RE_Zones_LBNL_2016.pdf (3121 downloads)
, correcting for minor errors in the capacity value estimates of wind zones. Please see the erratum page of the updated report for more details. Additionally, we’ve updated all the spatial data (zones) and the interactive PDF maps to reflect these changes.