The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has released a new global atlas of renewable energy resources that is intended to help countries assess their renewable energy potential.
IRENA also hopes the atlas will help companies gather data and maps from leading technical institutes and private companies worldwide. The atlas currently charts wind and solar resources, and will expand to other forms of renewable energy over this year and next year.
Nine new signatory countries will sign on to the Global Atlas, bringing the current number of participating countries to 22.
"The Global Atlas provides a powerful new tool in international efforts to double the world's share of renewable energy by 2030," explains Adnan Z. Amin, IRENA director general. "With 22 countries now taking part, and more expected to join in the coming months, it is a clear sign of our growing political will to transition to clean, renewable energy."
The Web-based platform, accessible here, is designed to raise awareness of the world's renewable energy potential and to help companies looking to invest in new markets.