Identifying Renewable Energy Opportunities for the Lao People's Democratic Republic

The USAID-NREL Partnership collaborated with the Lao People's Democratic Republic's (Lao PDR's) Ministry of Energy and Mines to explore how domestic and imported renewable resources could be developed to complement the country's infrastructure.

Lao PDR has historically prioritized its hydropower resources to ensure a secure, reliable, and affordable supply of energy to support economic development. Diversifying its energy resources will provide for a more resilient power system.

The Task 2 Report of the Energy Alternatives Study assesses the technical potential of renewable energy and other energy resources and analyzes the cost of electricity generation. The report highlights a broader set of planning priorities, beyond least-cost investment, that include economic, social, and environmental factors.

The capacity-building workshops, technical consultations, and publications resulting from this year-long study will support the Lao PDR's Ministry of Energy and Mines and other energy stakeholders in their energy sector planning.

Explore the Reports

Task 1 Report – Assessment of Data Availability to Inform Energy Planning Analyses

Task 2 Report – A GIS-Based Technical Potential Assessment of Domestic Energy Resources for Electricity Generation

This map shows wind technical potential for suitable areas in Lao PDR.

Map — Wind Technical Potential with Exclusions for Protected Areas, Waterbodies, Wetland Areas, Forested Areas, and Areas with Slope > 20%