Researchers map major renewable energy sites

Published onMay 14, 2020

Researchers at the University of Southampton have mapped the global locations of major renewable energy sites, which they say will provide a valuable resource to help assess their potential environmental impact. Their study, published in the Nature journal Scientific Data, shows where solar and wind farms are based around the world – and reveals both their infrastructure density in different regions and approximate power output. It is the first-ever global, open-access dataset of wind and solar power generating sites. The estimated share of renewable energy in global electricity generation was more than 26% by the end of 2018 and solar panels and wind turbines are by far the biggest drivers of a rapid increase in renewables. Despite this, until now, little has been known about the geographic spread of wind and solar farms and very little accessible data exists.