The Geospatial Toolkit is an NREL-developed map-based software application that integrates resource data and other geographic information systems (GIS) data for integrated resource assessment. The non-resource, country-specific data for each toolkit comes from a variety of agencies within each country as well as from global datasets.
Funding for the toolkit was provided by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of State (DOS), and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
Originally developed in 2005, the Geospatial Toolkit was completely redesigned and re-released in November 2010 to provide a more modern, easier-to-use interface with considerably faster analytical querying capabilities. The revised version of the Geospatial Toolkit has been released for all original toolkit countries/regions and each software package is listed in the table below.
Download Geospatial Toolkits
|Country||File Size||Last Updated||Funding Source|
|Afghanistan||(EXE 127.7 MB)||April 2011||USAID|
|Bangladesh||(EXE 52.3 MB)||January 2011||UNEP, USAID|
|Bhutan||(EXE 40.5 MB)||January 2011||USAID|
|Brazil||(EXE 208.5 MB)||September 2011||UNEP|
|China (Hebei)||(EXE 59.0 MB)||January 2011||EPA, UNEP, USDOE|
|El Salvador||(EXE 47.6 MB)||January 2011||UNEP|
|Ghana||(EXE 74.1 MB)||April 2011||EPA|
|Guatemala||(EXE 73.5 MB)||January 2011||UNEP|
|Honduras||(EXE 86.4 MB)||January 2011||UNEP|
|India||(EXE 119.8 MB)||January 2011||USDOE, USDOS|
|Nepal||(EXE 57.8 MB)||January 2011||UNEP, USAID|
|Nicaragua||(EXE 80.1 MB)||January 2011||UNEP|
|Oaxaca||(EXE 83.3 MB)||April 2011||SWERA|
|Pakistan||(EXE 82.9 MB)||September 2011||USAID|
|Sri Lanka||(EXE 84.6 MB)||January 2011||USAID, UNEP|
|Turkey||(EXE 139.5 MB)||January 2011||USTDA|
|Vietnam||(EXE 217.8 MB)||February 2013||USAID|
The Geospatial Toolkit also integrates HOMER for all countries, an optimization model for distributed power. However, custom HOMER application files have not been developed for all countries. Due to the toolkit's integration with HOMER, the application is only available on Windows platforms. Please consult the "help" file (PDF 1.9 MB) integrated into the application for specific information on how to use the tool. The Geospatial Toolkit is released under the GNU General Public License license—we have provided the source code (ZIP 10.2 MB).
Software technical assistance, comments, or suggestions: Ted Quinby, 303-275-3846