Visit windpowermonthlyevents.com for the latest on our upcoming conferences and webcasts

UN welcomes entry of US into global wind and solar mapping project

A year after the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) first announced it would map wind and solar sites in 13 developing countries, the United States' National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has joined the project. UNEP says the entry of the US into the program will give a boost to the Solar and Wind Energy Resource Assessment (SWERA) program (Windpower Monthly, October 2001). As a result of the agreement with NREL, SWERA will add the Maldives in the Indian Ocean to the list of countries and expand work in Bangladesh. Other countries that will benefit from the mapping are Brazil, China, Cuba, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, Kenya, Nepal, Nicaragua and Sri Lanka. UNEP says that gathering wind data now could shave 12 months from a developer's timeline. The lack of electricity in poor countries slows economic development, but it also has severe environmental consequences, says UNEP's Klaus Toepfer. "Those without access to electricity are forced to fell trees for firewood and cooking fuel, accelerating impacts such as soil erosion and the loss of the world's wildlife." Providing maps of wind and solar sites in those countries will ensure that future energy development follows a clean path.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles
and free email bulletins.

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Windpower Monthly Events

Latest Jobs