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Renewable energy – best practices and lessons learned


The World Bank has compiled a list of resources relating to best practices and lessons learned from renewable energy innovations and measures.

Documents include:

REN21 Renewable Energy Policy Network, 2007, “Renewables 2007 Global Status Report,” Washington, DC: WorldWatch Institute
This yearly report provides an update on the global status of renewable energy capacity and technology. The above link leads to the most recently published Global Status Report.

Meeting the Challenge of Rural Electrification in Developing Nations, Douglas F. Barnes, editor, ESMAP Discussion Version
This book examines the characteristics of those rural electrification programs from select countries that have been successful by examining the accomplishments and difficulties overcome to achieve success.

World Energy Council: Renewable Energy Projects Handbook
The Handbook is a reference manual to facilitate the successful identification and implementation of viable renewable energy projects

Capacity Development, Education and Training: Integrated and Sustained Action is the Key, Thematic Background Paper, John Christensen, Global Network on Energy for Sustainable Development
This paper focuses on capacity development of developing countries in the context implementing renewable energy policies and technologies

Guarantee Funds for Small Enterprises, A Manual for Guarantee Fund Managers, Linda Deelen and Klaas Molenaar
A manual for practitioners who run or wish to launch a guarantee fund for small enterprises.

World Bank/Sri Lanka, Energy Services Delivery Project, Impacts Assessment and Lessons Learned, International Resources Group
A summary of the Sri Lanka Energy Services Delivery Project as a model for other renewable energy and energy efficiency rural electrification initiatives.

GEF-FAO Workshop on Productive Uses of Renewable Energy: Experience, Strategies, and Project Development Summary, FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy
This paper is a summary of the key results and messages of an expert workshop on the productive uses of renewable energy convened in Rome in June 2002 by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

G EF-FAO Workshop on Productive Uses of Renewable Energy: Experience, Strategies, and Project Development Synthesis Report, FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy
This paper is a synthesis of the presentations and discussions surrounding strategies and project development at an expert workshop on the productive uses of renewable energy convened in Rome in June 2002 by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).


Renewable Energy Markets in Developing Countries, Eric Martinot, Akanksha Chaurey, Debra Lew, Jose Roberto Moreira, and Njeri Wamukonya, Annual Review of Energy and the Environment

This paper reviews existing markets and installations for five core applications: rural lighting, productive uses, power generation, cooking/hot water, and transport fuels; gives emerging lessons for rural development, consumer credit, enterprise development, power sector policy, and market facilitation organizations

Results of the GEF Climate Change Program, Global Environment Facility, Monitoring and Evaluation Unit
This report summarizes the findings of the GEF Climate Program Study undertaken in 2000-2001 by an interagency team.

Bioenergy Primer: Modernized Biomass Energy for Sustainable Development, Sivan Kartha and Eric D. Larson, United Nations Development Programme 
This primer covers a discussion of sustainable and modern bioenergy activities including technical, policy and institutional aspects.

Best Practices Guide for Productive Use Marketing, Sales and Management
The final report on the best practices for productive use, commissioned by the state electricity corporation in Indonesia.

Access the list of resources.