EME 810
Solar Resource Assessment and Economics

9.4 National Targets for Renewable Energy Portfolios


Reading Assignment

  • REN21's Renewables Global Status Report (GSR) (no, not the whole thing)  (updated 2019):
    • Please read the Chapter 3 Markets and Industry Trends, the section on Solar Photovoltaics (PV). If you have extra time, scan the review on CSP and Solar Thermal Heating and Cooling),
    • review all Solar PV Figures addressing Global and Country Capacities and Capacity Additions.
  • What are national and international targets for renewable energy integration, and where does solar fit in the portfolio? Up until now, we have really isolated our focus to the USA, but each country has a role to play in ramping up renewables in response to needed climate actions.

Different Countries, Different Approaches

So, first, "REN21" is the acronym for the "Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century". REN21 is a non-profit network of stakeholders established to connect key contributors from governments, international organizations, industry partners/associations, participants from science and academia, and society at large. We are using their centralized information base to expose the diverse approaches that countries can take to develop energy generation and manage energy demand at the Federal level.

After reviewing the REN21's Renewables GSR, you will have a little broader perspective on the various approaches, and will be able to compare solar policies in Germany vs. China vs. Columbia vs. Kenya.