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Tuesday, June 21, 2016  Munich, Germany

IRENA will attend Intersolar Europe from 21st of June to 24th of June 2016.

Intersolar Europe is a leading exhibition for the solar industry and its partners and takes place annually at the Messe München exhibition center in Munich, Germany.

The Future of Competitiveness: Cost Reduction Potentials for Solar and Wind

Monday, March 23, 2015  Bonn, Germany

In a workshop held in Bonn on 23rd March 2015, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) brought together industry stakeholders and policy makers to discuss the future cost reduction potentials and performance improvements for solar photovoltaic, concentrated solar power, onshore and offshore wind technologies.

Entitled 'The Future of Competitiveness: Cost Reduction Potentials for Solar and Wind', the workshop assessed the perspectives for renewable energy in a low energy price environment given the rising importance of renewable energy as an important issue for energy diversification and security as well as its ability to address environmental concerns.

Workshop on Accelerating the Uptake of Residential Solar in GCC

Sunday, November 8, 2015  Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) together with Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) has organized a workshop on accelerating the uptake of residential solar in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, in Dubai (UAE.) on November 8th, 2015.

Renewable cost data to support policymaking: Design, implementation and best practice workshop

Friday, December 12, 2014  Rome, Italy

On December 12, 2014 IRENA and GSE held a joint workshop on renewable energy cost data to support policymaking.

The workshop, Renewable cost data to support policymaking: Design, implementation and best practice workshop (by invitation only) covered:

- The rationale and importance of systematically collecting up-to-date cost and performance data for renewables;
- Recent cost and performance data for renewables and associated challenges for policy makers;
- Regulatory models that provide a legal basis for ongoing data collection;
- Data needs for different technologies and markets, in order to meet the analytical needs of policy makers;
- How to collect such data in the most efficient way, minimising compliance costs.

GSE is a founding member of the IRENA Renewable Costing Alliance.

IRENA Renewable Costing Alliance Webinar

Tuesday, May 28, 2013  Bonn, Germany

The business case for increasing renewable energy investments globally depends on gathering more and more accurate data on the costs and performance of different technologies.

The IRENA Business Forum hosted three webinars on 28-30 May 2013 to engage the private sector and inform companies about the work of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) on costing and how to contribute to such activities. The webinars, timed for three different regions (Asia and Oceania, Americas and Caribbean, and Europe, Middle East and Africa), included the following components: Insights and the Agency’s Perspective (Frank Wouters, IRENA); High-level Trends (Dolf Gielen, IRENA); Approach of Industry Partners (Regional Partners); In-depth Look into IRENA’s Costing Analysis – Past, Present and Future (Michael Taylor, IRENA).

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Advanced biofuels to be competitive with fossil fuels by 2020.       Solar PV module prices of around USD 0.75/Watt makes PV the economic solution for 1.3 billion people.       Electric vehicle battery packs to fall 40% to 55% by 2020 to cost USD 300-400/kWh in 2020.       Some of today's first-of-a-kind commercial plug-in hybrid and battery electric vehicles are economic today.       Road transport accounted for 76% of total transport demand in 2010.       Biodiesel consumption grew 42% per year between 2000-2010.       Feedstock costs account for 60-80% of total conventional ethanol production costs.       The levelised cost of electricity of wind, solar PV, CSP and biomass is declining.       Electricity from hydropower, geothermal and biomass where good resources remain are the cheapest way to generate electricity.       Renewables are increasingly the most economic solution for new grid connected capacity.       Wind turbine prices have been declining since 2009.       Renewables are becoming the economic choice for off-grid and mini-grids.       Wind turbine prices in China in 2012 were USD 620/kW.       The installed cost of wind is typically lower than coal-fired power plants in OECD countries.