Albania could improve its energy security by developing solar and wind resources

Albania could »significantly improve its energy security and reduce energy system vulnerability to climate impacts by deploying its vast solar and wind resources.« Full exploration of national renewable energy potential will also offer important socio-economic benefits, including job creation, new income streams, local industrial development, and reduced air pollution, says a new report published by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
Albania has some of Europe’s highest sunshine hours per year that can be used to generate electricity from solar PV, and heat water by continued installation of solar thermal panels. In addition, cost-effective solar and wind potential is estimated at more than 7 GW, over than three times the country’s total installed electricity capacity, the report notes.
The report has been developed in close co-operation with the Albanian Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy (MIE) and suggests a series of policy and regulatory steps »that would unlock much of its variable renewables resources,« strengthening energy independence and supporting further economic development. »By diversifying their energy mix and integrating more of their variable renewable resources, Albania can create a more stable and resilient energy system, while stimulating positive social and economic outcomes and meeting its climate obligations,« said IRENA Director-General Francesco La Camera.
»Renewables Readiness Assessment: The Republic of Albania« is available as PDF (56 pages) free of charge at »www.irena.org« (publications).
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