Pacific Island countries will be able to easily identify suitable sites for solar power generation thanks to a new digital innovation tool developed by the World Bank.

The Global Solar Atlas – launched earlier this year – was introduced to stakeholders at last month’s Pacific Power Association (PPA) Conference in Samoa. It enables investors to assess different areas by viewing their average annual solar power potential.

“The World Bank is seeing greater interest from our clients in solar power, largely due to a dramatic drop in solar prices over the past few years. We hope that the Global Solar Atlas will help inform the crucial planning and investment decisions needed over the next decade to shift to more sustainable forms of energy,” explained Riccardo Puliti, Senior Director and Head of the World Bank’s Energy & Extractives Global Practice.

Funded via the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP), ‘a multi-donor trust fund administered by the World Bank’, the Global Solar Atlas – developed by Solargis – was commissioned in partnership with the International Finance Corporation (IFC).