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 136.0 MB)||October 2013||USAID|
|Bangladesh||(EXE 63.2 MB)||October 2013||UNEP, USAID|
|Bhutan||(EXE 49.8 MB)||October 2013||USAID|
|Brazil||(EXE 348.5 MB)||October 2013||UNEP|
|Cambodia||(EXE 147.7 MB)||October 2013||USAID|
|China (Hebei)||(EXE 68.8 MB)||October 2013||EPA, UNEP, USDOE|
|El Salvador||(EXE 57.1 MB)||October 2013||UNEP|
|Ghana||(EXE 82.5 MB)||October 2013||EPA|
|Guatemala||(EXE 83.6 MB)||October 2013||UNEP|
|Honduras||(EXE 96.8 MB)||October 2013||UNEP|
|India||(EXE 131.0 MB)||October 2013||USDOE, USDOS|
|Indonesia||(EXE 564.1 MB)||October 2013||USAID|
|Malaysia||(EXE 186.4 MB)||October 2013||USAID|
|Nepal||(EXE 67.6 MB)||October 2013||UNEP, USAID|
|Nicaragua||(EXE 90.4 MB)||October 2013||UNEP|
|Oaxaca||(EXE 91.6 MB)||October 2013||SWERA|
|Pakistan||(EXE 112.9 MB)||October 2013||USAID|
|Philippines||(EXE 926.5 MB)||February 2015||USAID|
|Sri Lanka||(EXE 95.0 MB)||October 2013||USAID, UNEP|
|Thailand||(EXE 280.4 MB)||December 2013||USAID|
|Turkey||(EXE 151.2 MB)||October 2013||USTDA|
|Vietnam||(EXE 228.0 MB)||October 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 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 47.8 MB).
If you are not finding what you are looking for, please visit NREL's International Data Resources web page.
Software technical assistance, comments, or suggestions: Nick Grue.