Vice President of Primavera Residences, Cheryll Anna Barriga at the construction site of the first solar-powered building in Cagayan de Oros, Philippines in 2014.

Community Spotlights: Clean Energy Resources

By Joyce-Lynn Njinga, Katherine Cunningham

This month Climatelinks focused on policies, programs, finance facilities and partnerships contributing to the rapid scale-up up clean energy. Below are the many reports, case studies, blogs, tools, websites, videos and webinars that the Climatelinks community shared with us on the topic. Resources range from strategies to scale up clean energy finance, renewable energy assessments, analyses on integrating renewable energy into the grid or expanding off-grid options, case studies on clean energy benefits to local communities, a country specific renewable-energy-friendly policy database, to examples of renewable energy deployment in island countries, India and Africa.

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Research, Case Studies & Tools

10 Questions to Ask About Scaling On-Grid Renewable Energy (World Resources Institute, 2014)

Scaling Up Renewable Energy Generation: Aligning Targets and Incentives with Grid Integration Considerations (National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), 2015)

Global Renewable Energy IEA/IRENA Joint Policies and Measures Database (International Energy Agency (IEA)/International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), 2017)

Multi-criteria Analysis for Planning Renewable Energy (University of Berkeley & U.S. Department of Energy, 2017)

A Framework for Project Development in the Renewable Energy Sector (NREL, 2013)

Scaling up Variable Renewable Power: The Role of Grid Codes (IRENA, 2016)

Unlocking Climate Finance for Decentralised Energy Access (International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), 2016)

Renewable Energy Assessments and Tools (NREL)

Global Atlas for Renewable Energy (IRENA)

Energy Sprawl Solutions (The Nature Conservancy)

Solutions, analysis, and data for the global energy transition (IEA, 2016)

Turning Up the Volume: Financial Aggregation for Off-grid Energy (IIED, 2017)

Money is Power: Tracking Finance Flows for Decentralised Energy Access in Tanzania (IIED, 2017)

Lessons on the Role of Public Finance in Deploying Geothermal Energy in Developing Countries (Climate Investment Funds, 2015)

Technology Roadmap: Delivering Sustainable Bioenergy (IEA, 2017)

REN21 Renewables Global Futures Report (GFR) (Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21), 2017)


REN21, 2017 Renewables Global Futures Report, Paris, REN21 Secretariat.


Advancing the Global Renewable Energy Transition (International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), 2017)

Turning Up the Volume: Five Insights into Aggregating Finance for Expanding Off Grid Energy Investment (IIED, 2017)

Powering Local Development in Tanzania (IIED, 2017)

Support for Scaling up Wind Power (GIZ, 2017)

IEA launches the Clean Energy Transitions Programme to support clean-energy development (IEA, 2017)


Africa Renewables Update: The Reality of Scaling Up (World Energy TV, 2016)

Scaling Up Renewable Energy Deployment in Island Regions: Insights and Lessons (Leonardo Energy, The Clean Energy Regulators Initiative, IRENA, 2015)

Integrating Variable Renewable Energy into the Grid: Key Issues and Emerging Solutions (Clean Energy Solutions Center, 2015)

Scaling Up Distributed Renewable Energy for Healthcare in India (Smart Villages, 2017)

Towards Financially Viable Business Models – The Case of Green Minigrids (Climate Technology Centre & Network, CPCS Transcom Limited, 2017)

Scaling Up Green Energy Finance: Swapping Fossil Fuel Subsidies for Sustainable Energy Solutions (IISD, 2017)

Charging Ahead: Scaling Up Renewable Energy in the Developing World (Woodrow Wilson Center, 2015)

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Global Learning Forum 2017 (Renewable Cities – Simon Fraser University Centre for Dialogue)

Renewable Readiness Assessment (IRENA)

1st International Conference on Large-Scale Grid Integration of Renewable Energy in India (Energynautics, 2017)


Adaptation, Energy
Strategic Objective
Clean Energy, Grid Integration, Mitigation, Private Sector Engagement

Joyce-Lynn Njinga

Lyly is the Site and Community Manager for Climatelinks. She has a background in and passion for addressing challenges at the nexus of climate change and international development. Lyly contributes her capacity building, technical content development, and community engagement experience to Climatelinks. She supports and grows the communities encompassed in Climatelinks, connects practitioners with valuable experiences to share, identifies themes for focused engagement and knowledge-sharing activities, and connects practitioners to germane resources. Lyly has an MSc in Environment and Sustainable Development from the University College London and a B.A. in International Studies from American University.

Katherine Cunningham

Katherine serves as the social media manager, content entry, and work flow coordinator for Climatelinks. She also assists with research and writing. Katherine has a Bachelor's degree in International Relations with a focus on environmental resources. She previously worked at Americans for Peace Now, a non-profit dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Katherine is committed to helping solve the climate crisis and is excited to apply her skills on the Climatelinks team.

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