World Bank Renewable Energy Toolkit

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The Word Bank's REToolKit is designed "to assist Bank staff and country counterparts to improve the design and implementation of renewable energy (RE) projects, incorporates best practices and lessons learned from RE projects supported by the WBG and others, and is operationally oriented to address practical implementation needs at each stage in the project cycle."[1]

The toolkit consists of a set of downloadable documents describing the application of renewable energy technologies for grid-connected, mini-grid, and stand-alone projects. The documents include:

  • Reports on best practices and lessons learned
  • Case study descriptions
  • Technical standards documents
  • Procurement specifications and bidding documents
  • Terms of reference documents covering a range of topics, from business development, financing, assessments, regulatory topics, monitoring and evaluation, etc.

The toolkit also includes an annotated list of other websites with relevant information.


Renewable energy (RE) systems offer a sustainable path towards energy security and economic development for nations around the world, while also meeting the need to mitigate climate change and reduce local air pollution. In the form of grid connected, mini grid and stand alone systems, renewable energy complements and enhances the capacity of conventional energy systems to provide reliable and affordable electric power to businesses and households alike, and to extend electricity services to remote populations.

Renewable energy systems can be the least cost option for grid-connected power in locations where renewable energy resources are plentiful and the costs of alternative sources of generation are high. For off-grid applications, mini-grid and stand-alone renewable energy systems can be a cost-effective alternative to grid-based or diesel based rural electrification which is often too costly for sparsely populated and remote areas. The WBG supports all forms of renewable energy - hydropower, geothermal, wind, biomass, and solar - regardless of scale as long as they are economic and both environmentally and socially sound.

This chapter reviews the global status and costs of renewables as of 2007 and describes the environmental, economic and development benefits of renewable energy projects. The benefits are followed by a discussion of the economic, legal, financial and institutional barriers to renewable energy and finally an overview of approaches to overcome these barriers, including improved economic valuation of renewables, carbon financing and other potential funds to support renewable energy projects in developing countries. Specific considerations for each type of renewable energy system (grid, minigrid and stand-alone) are elaborated in subsequent chapters.

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Knowledge Documents

General Renewable Energy

Economic and Financial Analysis

Best Practices and Lessons Learnt

Financing Mechanisms

RE Financing

Carbon Financing

Legal Documents and Operation Manuals

Legal Documents

Operation Manuals

Sample Rural Electrification Bidding Documents (French)

Market Development Studies

Policy and Regulatory Studies

Productive Uses and Development Impact

Productive Uses

Development Impacts

Grid Renewable Energy

Economic and Financial Analysis

Best Practices and Lessons Learnt

Financing Mechanisms

Policy and Regulatory Studies

Legal Documents


Mini Grid Renewable Energy

Economic and Financial Analysis

Best Practices and Lessons Learnt

Financing Mechanisms

Policy and Regulatory Studies


Stand-Alone Renewable Energy

Economic and Financial Analysis

Best Practices and Lessons Learnt

Financing Mechanisms

Market Studies

Policy and Regulatory Studies


Case Studies

Renewable Energy Case Studies

Grid-Connected Renewable Energy Systems

Mini Grid Renewable Energy Systems

Stand Alone Renewable Energy Systems

Technology Module




Village Hydro


Renewable Energy Terms of Reference


Business Development

Cross Sectoral Assessments

Designing Financing Mechanisms

Economic and Financial Analyses

Institutional Arrangements for Implementation

Job Descriptions

  • PV Market Development Component Manager
  • PMO Executive Director: Photovoltaic Market Development Component
  • Accountant: Photovoltaic Market Development Component
  • Contracts Manager: Photovoltaic Market Development Component
  • Bookkeeper: Photovoltaic Market Development Component
  • Provision Of PV System Installation Verification Services
  • PV Market Development Component Assistant: Photovoltaic Market Development Component
  • PV Market Development Component Deputy Manager: Photovoltaic Market Development Component
  • Deputy Project Director: Rural Power Project
  • Technology Improvement Manager: China Renewable Energy Development Project
  • Management Information Systems Consultant: Photovoltaic Market Development and Technology Improvement Components
  • Grants Management and Reimbursement of Services for Testing of Products: Photovoltaic Market Development Component

Laws, Policies and Regulations

Monitoring and Evaluation

Pipeline Development

Specifications, Testing & Certification

Workshops and Study Tours

Renewable Energy Web Resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 World Bank RE Toolkit