These supply issues coupled with the need to stimulate new streams of economic growth prompted a rethink of domestic energy policy that gave birth to a new national energy strategy, featuring an ambition to generate 2.2 GW of renewable energy by 2020.
The strategy has now received strong support from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), who will integrate the country’s new solar resource map – developed in coordination with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE) – into its Global Atlas. The solar map will help to identify Iraq’s best solar resources, informing and facilitating renewable energy planning across the country.
“Iraq has tremendous potential to develop its own domestic renewable energy resources and its government has identified solar development as a clear, long-term priority,” said Henning Wuester, Director of Knowledge, Policy and Finance at IRENA. “By integrating the country’s new solar data into our global database we can support this objective by showcasing Iraq’s potential to the global renewable energy investment and development community, for whom our Atlas has become an important and reliable resource assessment repository.”