Reports on the Status of Solar and Renewable Energies

A collection of reports from ISES Members and Partners on the status of renewable energy on a local to a global scale.

100% RE Building Blocks: A toolkit for a sustainable transition to 100% Renewable Energy

In conjunction with the official launch of the Global 100% Renewable Energy Platform, the organization has released a comprehensive toolkit to support the 100% renewable energy transition by providing policy makers, governments, and community champions with the tools to create their own 100% renewable energy roapmaps.

The full report, executive summary, and printable toolkit can be found on the go100RE website:

REN21: Renewables Global Futures Report: Great debates towards 100% renewable energy


In a new REN21 report, 114 renewable energy experts from around the world share their views on some of the most pressing subjects facing the renewable energy industry, including:

  •  100% renewables by 2050: likelihood and feasibility
  •  The future of heating: thermal versus electrification
  •  Renewables in transport: electric versus biofuels

The full report can be viewed here.

Decentralized Renewables: From Promise to Progress


A Policy Roadmap for Clean, Rapid Rural Electricity Access

To end energy poverty, we need to change business as usual. Power For All's new report calls for action: to set the target, end the implementation gap and give the decentralized renewable energy sector a leading role in policy making. Read the report here.

The Age of Renewable Power: Designing national roadmaps for a successful transformation

This report, a key part of IRENA’s Power Sector Transformation package, provides a framework for developing national roadmaps to guide each country’s power sector towards reliance on mainly renewable energy sources.

The full report can be viewed here.

Big Solar - How to; A Plan for Big Solar (2015)

Authors: Marc Perez and Richard Perez

This 2015 document provides an update to the 2009 note "A fundamental look at energy reserves for the planet", published by the authors for the IEA Solar Heating & Cooling programme.

The update can be found here.

REN21: Renewables Global Status Report 2015

The report draws on an international network of over 500 authors, contributors, and reviewers from over 130 countries.

2016 a Record Year for Renewables, Latest IRENA Data Reveals

Read the official press release here.

The latest release of IRENA's Renewable Capacity Statistics report shows 2016 as a record year for renewable energy capacity additions. Highlights include:

  • 161 GW of renewable energy capacity was added globally in 2016
  • Solar lead the way with 71 GW of capacity additions (32% growth)
  • China represented over half of all new solar capacity added in 2016 (34 GW)

A summary of the report can be found here.

Pathway for the 100% Renewable Energy Transition: Energy [R]evolution 2015

In the latest version of the Energy [R]evolution report Greenpeace outline why 100% renewable energy for all is achievable by 2050.

Dynamic change is taking place in the energy sector. Renewable energies have become mainstream in most countries, and prices have fallen dramatically. The report shows how we could transform our energy supply, switching to renewables, which would mean a stabilization of global CO2 emissions by 2020, and bringing down emissions towards near zero emissions in 2050.

To read the full Energy [R]evolution report, please visit: