Impacts of Our Expert Policy Assistance

world map, color coded by regionSince the Solutions Center launched in 2011, its experts have responded to more than 350 requests for assistance from more than 90 countries, island nations and regional organizations around the world.

Africa

Regional Impacts

fact sheet thumbnail: Assistance Focus: Africa

African Nations:
Building Capacity for Africa and Pacific Islands | Supporting African Governments' Rural Energy Policies

West African Countries:
Catalyzing Gender Equality-focused Clean Energy Development in West Africa | Developing Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Action Plans for West African Countries | Adopting Gender-Responsive Development Strategies in West Africa | Helping Develop a Gender Assessment Directive in West Africa

Country-Specific Impacts

Chad:
Helping Increase Access to Clean Energy in Remote Regions

Ghana:
Establishing Feed-In Tariffs

Kenya:
Informing Kisumu County, Kenya, on Energy Access and Health Correlations

Mauritius:
Ensuring Sustainable and Viable Utility Services | Mapping Utility Service Sustainability and Viability in Mauritius | Strengthening and Accelerating Growth of the Solar Water Heating Sector in Mauritius and Seychelles

Namibia:
Advancing Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Programs

South Africa:
Creating Commercial Building Efficiency Regulation | Enabling Energy Efficiency in South Africa’s Commercial Buildings

Swaziland:
Advancing Clean Energy Solutions in Swaziland | Supporting Clean Energy Development in Swaziland

Tanzania:
Enabling Energy Access through Mini-Grid Financing in Tanzania

Additional Assistance Provided

  • The Solutions Center provided a review of Botswana's Country Action Agenda, which offers a long-term strategic vision designed to achieve Sustainable Energy for All objectives.
  • Burkina Faso requested assistance with implementing a regulation for integrating clean energy into its electricity sector, as well as capacity building to develop operational frameworks for regulators.
  • The Solutions Center provided Cameroon assistance with solar PV grid integration, clean cook stove programs and biogas programs.
  • The Solutions Center helped Cote d'Ivoire develop a bioenergy strategy and a renewable energy strategic plan to support its roadmap for a green economy.
  • The Solutions Center worked with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE); providing support to the West Africa Clean Cooking Alliance by helping with the design and development of clean cooking action plans for 11 ECOWAS countries. Additionally, the Solutions Center provided expertise on mini-grid policies and a quality assurance framework during an ECREEE-sponsored workshop.
  • The Solutions Center provided Ethiopia information on how a renewable portfolio standard (RPS) might interact with the country's current and pending energy policies. The Solutions Center also provided information on establishing renewable energy targets and goals as the RPS is extended to government rural electrification and energy access efforts for remote populations.
  • Country representatives from The Gambia attended a Solutions Center/International Renewable Energy Agency capacity-building workshop that convened South Pacific Island and African nations.
  • The Solutions Center supported the Kenya Industrial Research & Development Institute by reviewing and providing analysis of Kenya's existing renewable energy policies.
  • The Solutions Center provided information to Mali on solar photovoltaic and battery waste programs.
  • The Clean Energy Solutions Center worked with Mauritius to write a chapter on gender and energy for the Mauritius Long-Term Energy Strategy 2017–2030. This chapter will be included in the updated Mauritius Energy Strategy.
  • The Solutions Center provided consultation to Morocco on policy development with a focus on financing clean energy projects.
  • Country representatives from Mozambique attended a Solutions Center/International Renewable Energy Agency capacity-building workshop that convened South Pacific Island and African nations.
  • The Solutions Center provided consultations to Rwanda on mini-grids and rural electrification policies.
  • Sierra Leone requested assistance in developing a strategic energy plan.
  • The Solutions Center provided assistance to Sierra Leone by offering analysis on local biomass feedstock to inform policy design for biodiesel production.
  • The Solutions Center provided policy and regulation assistance to South Africa to help the country encourage industrial energy efficiency, specifically in sectors that are inherently carbon-intensive, such as mining and concrete.
  • The Solutions Center assisted three municipalities in South Africa—Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, Msunduzi Municipality and KwaDukuza Municipality—with good practices for processes and data collection to conduct greenhouse gas inventories.
  • The Solutions Center assisted Togo with developing regulations governing off-grid electrification. The Solutions Center performed an off-grid solar photovoltaics analysis as part of a broader effort to implement measures from Togo's National Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Action Plans.
  • Uganda requested assistance with developing a strategy for a biomass energy policy and program.

Americas

fact sheet thumbnail: Assistance Focus: Latin America/Caribbean

Regional Impacts

Caribbean:
Supporting Clean Energy Policy
Catalyzing Low-Carbon Sustainable Development

Country-Specific Impacts

Argentina:
Developing Weatherization Programs

Chile:
Informing Energy Access and Clean Energy Project Finance Programs

Grenada:
Helping Grenada Meet Its Clean Energy Goals

Guyana:
Structuring Energy Efficiency and Biofuels Policies

Mexico:
Advising Efficiency Programs

Nicaragua:
Strengthening Nicaragua’s Renewable Energy Framework

Saint Kitts:
Creating a Waste-to-Energy Program i

Saint Vincent:
Encouraging a Buildings Efficiency Program

Suriname:
Fostering Hydropower Program and Independent Power Production

Additional Assistance Provided

  • The Solutions Center provided Antigua and Barbuda with information on sustainable financing mechanisms for deploying renewable energy at schools.
  • The Solutions Center provided Belize with an evaluation of a local biomass feedstock's potential for biofuels and biopower production.
  • The Solutions Center reviewed and assessed Bermuda's National Electricity Sector Policy and their 2016 Integrated Resource Plan.
  • The Solutions Center provided Brazil's Energias sin Fronteras with a cost-benefit analysis of off-grid energy systems versus power supply through grid extension.
  • The Solutions Center provided assistance to the British Virgin Islands on evaluation of the technical and economic viability of renewable energy and water hybrid systems that would replace a fossil-fuel power system on the island of Anegada. The Solutions Center also reviewed the British Virgin Islands' feed-in tariff policy, provided recommendations on a regulation-defining process and requirements for consumer generated renewable electricity and analyzed the economics of solar photovoltaic power purchase agreements.
  • The Solutions Center provided Canada information on clean energy financing mechanisms and incentives.
  • During a two-day workshop held for members of the Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation Renewable Energy Community, the Solutions Center provided training and technical assistance to policymakers from several Caribbean countries on policies and regulations that support integration of renewables on islanded grids.
  • The Solutions Center provided Costa Rica long-term energy policy and planning assistance.
  • Dominica requested assistance with reviewing its geothermal resource bill, which is still in development.
  • During a workshop held in Panama, the Solutions Center provided expertise to representatives from Latin America and Caribbean countries on renewable energy grid integration and managing transmission system services.
  • The Solutions Center worked with Peru on a review and analysis of a diagnostic study to help identify technical and reliability issues and solutions associated with different renewable energy futures. The assistance focused on the costs, challenges and opportunities associated with higher penetration levels of variable renewable energy on the Peruvian grid.
  • The Solutions Center worked with St. Vincent and the Grenadines to conduct financial modeling based on policy targets and finance instruments to address renewable energy project implementation and provide an economic analysis on the financial models.
  • The Solutions Center provided Trinidad and Tobago assistance with developing the countries’ sustainable energy plan and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states’ energy policy.

Asia

fact sheet thumbnail: Assistance Focus:  Asia/Pacific Region

Country-Specific Impacts

India:
Structuring Industrial Efficiency Programs

Malaysia:
Supporting Effective Feed-in Tariff Development in Malaysia

Nepal:
Helping Nepal Build a Solar Energy Future

Pakistan:
Sharing Best Practices on Industrial Energy Efficiency in Pakistan

South Korea:
Guiding South Korea’s Renewable Portfolio Standard

Additional Assistance Provided

  • The Solutions Center developed a renewable energy e-learning training program for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Energy Working Group, which informs energy policymakers, draws advice from the business community and industry experts, and collaborates with other international bodies.
  • The Solutions Center provided consultation to Kazakhstan on commercialization policies to attract investment in clean energy projects.
  • The Solutions Center supported Ulaanbaatar City, Mongolia, with the development of building codes for the city's building retrofits and new construction projects related to the integration of renewable energy and energy efficiency. The Solutions Center provided recommendations on programs and strategies for developing affordable energy-efficient residential structures and incentives to mobilize private investment for energy-efficient exterior lighting.
  • The Solutions Center provided consultation to the Philippines on its energy efficiency and renewable energy policy portfolio, as well as regulations and mechanisms for attracting increased private investment.
  • The Solutions Center delivered in-person training and assistance in South Korea on good-practice strategies for promoting renewable energy, including sector-by-sector approaches.
  • Turkmenistan requested assistance on energy efficiency schemes for the residential sector.
  • The Solutions Center worked with the United National Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) to identify and fill gaps in its 2017 policy theme study, Regional Cooperation for Sustainable Energy in Asia and the Pacific.
  • The Solutions Center provided Viet Nam examples of good practices on policy development for solar thermal and PV for urban applications and clean energy technology transfer practices.
  • The Solutions Center provided recommendations to Viet Nam on the implications of the Viet Nam's wholesale market design for integrating renewable energy into the grid.
  • The Solutions Center reviewed Viet Nam's existing energy regulatory and policy frameworks and developed recommendations for policy reform, technology transfer and investments to support Vietnam's Nationally Determined Contributions action plan.

Europe

Country-Specific Impacts

Albania:
Guiding Residential Energy Efficiency Retrofits | Supporting Residential Energy Efficiency Programs

Additional Assistance Provided

  • The Solutions Center provided Austria with biofuels policy and program information.
  • The Solutions Center provided Denmark information about wind incentives that are in place in other countries.
  • The Clean Energy Solutions Center provided information on the potential for in-pipe hydropower development as part of Georgia’s low emission development strategy and clean energy strategy.
  • The Solutions Center provided Greece information to support its clean energy and sustainable development initiative.
  • The Solutions Center provided Israel information on mechanisms that have proven successful in financing clean energy projects.
  • The Solutions Center provided consultation to Poland on different renewable energy support systems, including how the United States structures its renewable energy support and taxation schemes at both federal and state levels.
  • The Solutions Center provided resources to Switzerland on establishing systems for tracking and analyzing sources of market data to inform clean energy policy making.

Oceania

fact sheet thumbnail: Assistance Focus:  Asia/Pacific Region

Country-Specific Impacts

Indonesia:
Facilitating Capacity Building

Malaysia:
Supporting Effective Feed-in Tariff Development in Malaysia

Micronesia:
Assisting With Energy Policy in the Federated States of Micronesia

Small Pacific Island States:
Building Capacity for Africa and Pacific Islands

Additional Assistance Provided

  • Country representatives from Kiribati attended a Solutions Center/International Renewable Energy Agency capacity-building workshop that convened South Pacific Island and African nations.
  • The Solutions Center developed a renewable energy e-learning training program for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Energy Working Group, which informs energy policymakers, draws advice from the business community and industry experts, and collaborates with other international bodies.
  • Country representatives from Fiji attended a Solutions Center/International Renewable Energy Agency capacity-building workshop that convened South Pacific Island and African nations.
  • The Solutions Center provided information on good practices regarding policies that can help Indonesia overcome challenges to meeting its Mission Innovation low-carbon energy targets.
  • The Solutions Center advised Indonesia's Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources on business models and financial incentives that can encourage rural electrification using renewable energy.
  • The Solutions Center worked with Indonesia's Institute for Essential Services Reform on the development of an institutional framework that can sustain a rural electrification program.
  • Country representatives from the Marshall Islands attended a Solutions Center/International Renewable Energy Agency capacity-building workshop that convened South Pacific Island and African nations.
  • Country representatives from Mozambique attended a Solutions Center/International Renewable Energy Agency capacity-building workshop that convened South Pacific Island and African nations.
  • The Solutions Center supported Palau in developing and implementing a monitoring, reporting and verification system for renewable energy and energy efficiency.
  • The Solutions Center provided consultation to the Philippines on its energy efficiency and renewable energy policy portfolio, as well as regulations and mechanisms for attracting increased private investment.
  • Country representatives from Samoa attended a Solutions Center/International Renewable Energy Agency capacity-building workshop that convened South Pacific Island and African nations.
  • The Solutions Center worked with the United National Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) to identify and fill gaps in its 2017 policy theme study, Regional Cooperation for Sustainable Energy in Asia and the Pacific.
  • Country representatives from Vanuatu attended a Solutions Center/International Renewable Energy Agency capacity-building workshop that convened South Pacific Island and African nations.