The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), formed in 2009, is the first and only intergovernmental organization focused on building the industry internationally. Headquartered in Abu Dhabi, IRENA’s membership consists of 138 countries and the European Union. In addition to producing reports and holding an annual conference, IRENA works with governments to help them adopt policies that encourage investments in renewable energy, and facilitates knowledge sharing and technology transfer to accelerate renewable energy deployment.
In these five years, they have amassed a knowledge base on statistics and trends in every segment of the industry worldwide, which is now freely available through a new website, REsource.
Using REsource, you can search for information by technology (solar, wind etc), country, and you can create graphs that clarify trends in the Data and Statistics section. Search results include statistics, policies, the costs and benefits of the various technologies, and financing methods.
You can find out how many people worldwide work in renewable energy (by segment and country), view country profiles, and how much of a country’s energy mix various renewables have the potential to supply, for example.
Check out REsource: www.irena.org/resource