More energy from the sun falls on the earth in one hour than is used by the world in one year. This substantial, renewable resource provides countries with an effective means of generating electricity and providing heating and cooling, and lighting. From small to large scale, solar energy can be harnessed through a variety of technologies and building design approaches that save energy, minimize environmental impacts and reduce operational costs. Countries have employed an array of mandates, incentives and deployment programs to promote the use of solar power. This page provides access to technical resources that policymakers can use to inform the design and implementation of policies and programs to advance deployment of solar power technologies.
Before you begin your search for solar policy resources, you can learn more about solar power development by reading our policy brief on solar power, which outlines good practices, provides design considerations, and shares examples of solar power in action in various countries.