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About RE Explorer

RE Explorer provides renewable energy data, analytical tools, and technical assistance to developers, policymakers, and decision makers in developing countries. RE Explorer enables users to make meaningful decisions that support low-emission development and ultimately reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The RE Explorer team can support geospatial analysis for low-emission development through its Ask an Expert service.

About the RE Data Explorer

The RE Data Explorer is the RE Explorer's flagship geospatial analysis tool for renewable energy development. Developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development, the RE Data Explorer performs visualization analysis of renewable energy potential under user-defined scenarios. The RE Data Explorer can inform prospecting, integrated planning, and policymaking to accelerate renewable energy deployment.

RE Explorer and the RE Data Explorer are developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Department of State. The following partners provide data to support diverse applications of RE Data Explorer: the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), Carbon Monitoring for Action (CARMA), Danish Technical University (DTU), De Conto Piscinas, Entec ESCO Vietnam, Environment Operations Center (Greater Mekong Subregion), Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI), European Space Agency (ESA), Global Administrative Areas Database, International Food Policy Research Institute, Japan External Trade Organization, Open Development Cambodia, OpenStreetMap, Protected Planet, Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (sedac), The World Bank, and the World Resources Institute (WRI).

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RE Mapping and Analysis at NREL

NREL's geospatial data science team—which includes data scientists, analysts, systems engineers, cartographers, and web developers—uses geographic information systems to produce maps, analyses, models, interactive web applications, and visualizations that inform energy planning and decision-making around the world.

For example, the team has developed a robust framework, called OpenCarto, for building interactive geospatial web applications that now supports more than 20 tools. And, the team builds resource maps in support of renewable energy development and generation projects.