Fall 2018 USAID-NREL Partnership Newsletter

Read our Fall 2018 issue for updates on our country activities, events, and global toolkits and resources.

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

A new study explores how domestic and imported renewable energy resources could be developed to complement Lao PDR's existing energy infrastructure. Read more

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Recent Events

October 4, 2018: Best Practices for Grid Codes for Renewable Energy Generators
This webinar introduces the essential concepts for understanding renewable energy grid codes and reviews how grid codes have developed in the United States and internationally. Watch the webinar

What's New In Toolkits and Resources

Renewable Energy Explorer

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Renewable Energy Explorer (RE Explorer) provides renewable energy data, analytical tools, and technical assistance to developers, policymakers, and decision makers in developing countries.

Learn more about RE Explorer and explore the featured resources below:

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Determine which data sets you need to perform analyses for renewable energy decisions with the Renewable Energy Data Assessment Checklist.

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To understand how to use renewable energy data to make effective decisions, read Renewable Energy Data, Analysis, and Decisions: A Guide for Practitioners.

Greening the Grid

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Greening the Grid addresses the technical challenges and solutions for grid modernization and advanced energy integration with technical assistance and expertly curated resources arranged into topic-specific toolkits: grid integration, renewable energy zone (REZ) transmission planning, and distributed photovoltaics (DPV).

Greening the Grid Website Relaunch Offers New Toolkits

Greening the Grid is new and improved! We've updated the website with easier ways to find the resources you need and new content, including three toolkits: Grid Integration, Renewable Energy Zones (new!), and Distributed Photovoltaics (new!).

Visit Greening the Grid or each of the three toolkits:

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Grid Integration

The grid integration toolkit offers a wealth of resources that have been expertly curated and annotated to assist you in navigating the key topics related to integrating variable renewable energy to the grid.

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Grid Integration of Variable Renewable Energy: Innovative Solutions at the Transmission and Distribution Levels
A one-day Deep Dive Workshop at the Asia Clean Energy Forum gathered international experts to share insights on grid integration issues and solutions emerging in diverse power systems around the world. Read more and download workshop materials.

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How the Philippine Grid Could Achieve 30%—or Even 50%—Renewable Energy by 2030
This study analyzes the Philippines's Luzon-Visayas power system and the implications of achieving different levels of renewable energy penetration by 2030. Read more

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Renewable Energy Zones

The renewable energy zone (REZ) toolkit provides policymakers and practitioners with the information and tools needed to successfully apply the REZ transmission planning process—connecting areas of cost-effective renewable energy to the grid.

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Renewable Energy Zone Process Guidebook
This guidebook helps power system planners, developers, key decision makers, and stakeholders understand and use the Renewable Energy Zone transmission planning process to integrate transmission expansion planning and renewable energy generation planning. Download the guidebook

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Quickread: Technical Potential Assessment for the Renewable Energy Zone (REZ) Process: A GIS-based Approach
The renewable energy zone (REZ) transmission planning process is an approach to connect areas with concentrated renewable energy resources to the power grid. This quick read provides an overview of the technical potential assessment for the REZ process. Download the quick read

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Distributed PV

The distributed photovoltaic (DPV) toolkit offers resources and guidance to support developing countries in addressing barriers to safe, effective, and accelerated deployment of small-scale, photovoltaic systems connected at the distribution level.

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Building Blocks for Distributed PV Deployment
This two-part webinar series explored the building blocks of establishing a distributed PV program. Watch part 1 and part 2 of this series.

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Assessing Distributed Photovoltaic Impacts on Utilities in Thailand
The USAID-NREL Partnership assessed the impacts of distributed photovoltaics (DPV) on utility revenues and customer electricity rates in Thailand. Read more

Country Updates

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Competition in Colombia Sparks Renewable Energy Expansion

Colombia will host its first renewable energy auction in 2019 following a year of coordination with NREL and USAID. The auction is an opportunity to bring low-cost, non-hydro renewable energy to the country while promoting investment in Colombia's energy sector. Read more

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Evaluating Clean Energy Goals in India

The USAID-NREL Partnership supported an India-led study showing the country can achieve its target of 175 gigawatts of installed renewable capacity by 2022. Read more

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The Economics of Rooftop Solar in Mexico

NREL's System Advisor Model (SAM) analysis was used to explore the economics of distributed solar photovoltaics (DPV) for rooftops in Mexico. Read more

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Philippines Government Aims to Transform its Power System through the REZ Transmission Planning Process

The Philippines Department of Energy has formalized the process of identifying renewable energy zones using NREL's Renewable Energy Zone (REZ) Transmission Planning Process as a guide. Read more

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POWER AFRICA: Beyond the Grid:
How Micro-grids Can Help Sub-Saharan Africa Achieve Universal Energy Access

This project is helping to build an environment that could enable bankable, micro-grid investments in Sub-Saharan Africa. To help encourage private investment, NREL conducted analyses on African micro-grids: one on the productive use of energy and the other on customer agreement considerations. Read more