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IRENA is committed to making its analysis available for free to ensure its widespread dissemination and to help promote an acceleration in the deployment of renewables. Cost publications are a vital component of IRENA’s activities and compile in one source, critical and up-to-date information on renewable energy technologies, their costs and cost-reduction potential.

IRENA’s costing publications are designed to present the true costs and performance of renewables and help reduce the barrier that the absence of this information creates to the accelerated deployment of renewables.

IRENA’s Renewable Cost Database contains data from around 9,000 medium- to large-scale renewable projects and over 750,000 small-scale solar PV systems and is being continuously expanded. IRENA’s Renewable Power Generation Costs in 2014 is the most comprehensive analysis of the costs and performance of renewable power generation to date. 

For all currently available IRENA publications on the costs and performance of renewables, please click on a category in the right-hand side window.

All existing publications are available for free by clicking on the respective technology category to your right.
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.