The World Bank and the International Finance Corporation, collectively The World Bank Group, have provided this Global Solar Atlas in addition to a series of global, regional and country GIS data layers and poster maps, to support the scale-up of solar power in our client countries. This work is funded by the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP), a multi-donor trust fund administered by The World Bank and supported by 13 official bilateral donors. It is part of a global ESMAP initiative on Renewable Energy Resource Mapping that includes biomass, small hydro, solar and wind.
The World Bank Group has selected Solargis as its global provider of solar data and related solar energy assessment services. This Global Solar Atlas has been prepared by Solargis under a contract to The World Bank, based on a solar resource database that they own and maintain. The primary aim of this Global Solar Atlas is to provide quick and easy access to solar resource data globally, at a click of a mouse. GIS layers and poster maps showing global, regional, and country resource potential can be found in the Downloads.