Solar and Wind Energy Resource Assessment (SWERA)
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The Solar and Wind Energy Resource Assessment (SWERA) initiative brings together solar and wind energy resource data sets and analysis tools from a number of international organizations in a dynamic user-oriented environment. The information and data provided on the site are freely available to the public and intended to support the work of policy makers, project planners, research analysts and investors.
The Solar and Wind Energy Resource Assessment (SWERA) started in 2001 to advance the large scale use of renewable energy technologies by increasing the availability and accessibility of high quality solar and wind resource information. SWERA began as a pilot project with funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and managed by the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (DTIE) in collaboration with more than 25 partners around the world. With the success of the project in 13 pilot countries SWERA expanded in 2006 into a full programme. Its expanded mission is to provide high quality information on renewable energy resources for countries and regions around the world, along with the tools needed to apply these data in ways that facilitate renewable energy policies and investments.
A number of organizations have contributed data sets to the SWERA initiative.
Contributing partners include:
- National Renewable Energy Laboratory
- German Aerospace Center (DLR)
- Risoe National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy
- Brazil's National Institute for Space Research (INPE)
- State University of New York (SUNY)
- United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration
- Global Environment Facility (GEF)
- Risoe DTU
The Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) in the World Bank is implementing a new initiative to support country-level resource mapping for biomass, small hydro, solar and wind. Funding is available for modeling, ground-based data collection, data analysis, GIS mapping, strategic environmental assessment, and policy integration. Further details are available on the ESMAP website, including links to GIS and measurement data outputs by country.