Scaling Up Renewable Energy

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Through the Scaling Up Renewable Energy program, USAID helps partner countries power economies with renewable energy, meet international climate commitments, and open markets to private investment and competition.
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  • Annual Report

    Scaling Up Renewable Energy 2020 Annual Report

    In 2020, USAID helped partner countries power economies with clean energy while opening markets to private investment and competition. Read the report

Through the Scaling Up Renewable Energy program, USAID helps partner countries power economies, meet international climate commitments, and strengthen energy security via private investment in and competitive procurement of clean electricity.

Technological advancements continue to drive renewable energy prices down, often making electricity from solar and wind cheaper than fossil fuel sources. Renewables increase capital investment opportunities, generate revenue for landowners, provide low-cost sources of electricity, and can create local jobs for people in rural and remote areas where industry and employment may be scarce.

Our Work

USAID’s Scaling Up Renewable Energy (SURE) program helps partner countries meet bold international climate commitments by accelerating their transition to more widely accessible, affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy that spurs economic growth, powers health systems and productive uses, and reduces emissions.

Through SURE, USAID’s technical experts provide renewable energy planning, procurement, and grid integration support services, including training, tools, and resources to help policymakers, utilities, and regulators modernize energy sectors and create policies that enable renewable energy markets to flourish.

  • Advancing Strategic Energy Planning

    Energy planning determines when, where, and how to invest. When done well, today’s decisions address tomorrow’s needs and challenges. Learn more

  • Increasing Competition and Lowering Costs

    Countries can achieve historically low energy prices when energy providers compete in open and transparent markets. Learn more

  • Accelerating Grid Integration

    As prices for clean energy and storage technologies continue to fall and nations explore ways to cut emissions, integrating higher shares of variable renewable energy becomes more urgent and complex. Learn more

  • Promoting a Circular Economy

    For renewable energy to truly be a green power source, solar, wind, and battery equipment must be manufactured, deployed, and decommissioned in a responsible, safe, and sustainable way. Learn more

  • Tackling the Climate Crisis

    By working together, we can accelerate an equitable, sustainable, and inclusive transition to net zero economies. USAID is leading a collaborative effort to rapidly reduce energy-related emissions. Learn more

  • Catalyzing Innovation and Partnership

    Innovation and experimentation are critical in accelerating the clean energy transition. USAID cultivates new solutions, tests new ideas, and scales what works. Learn more


Through the SURE program, USAID helps partner countries accelerate the clean energy transition. More countries are reducing their greenhouse gas emissions and reaping the social and economic benefits of renewable energy. By working together and applying evidence-based approaches, local economies are seeing an increase in private investment in the renewable energy market. More people have the skills to transition to the clean energy economy. Institutions are better equipped to respond to energy and climate challenges. And more people have cleaner and more reliable electricity.

Between 2017 and 2020, USAID’s SURE program achieved the following results:

  •  36M tCO₂e of GHG emissions reduced or avoided through 2030
  •  $3 Billion of investment mobilized for clean energy
  •  2,278 Persons trained in clean energy
  •  9 Auctions for clean energy supported
  •  3.8 GW of clean energy generation capacity procured and an additional 5 GW announced
  •  491 Institutions with improved capacity to address clean energy issues


Low-cost renewable energy has the potential to lift up economies, strengthen energy security, mitigate the impacts of climate change, and promote climate-positive investments. Getting it right empowers partner countries to deliver cleaner, more affordable, and more reliable electricity to homes and businesses.

  • Case Study

    Colombia Engages Private Sector and Forges Energy Future

    After awarding nine power purchase agreements, Colombia incorporates a private sector engagement strategy to ensure renewable energy projects are completed utilizing local labor. Read the case study

  • Case Study

    Kazakhstan Renewable Energy Auctions

    Kazakhstan’s renewable energy auctions resulted in private investments and bid prices 25–40 percent below previous renewable tariff ceilings. Read the case study

Trainings and Events

In today’s rapidly evolving renewable energy marketplace, it can be challenging to keep track of emerging trends and best practices in renewable energy policy, innovations, and market trends. SURE hosts in-person and online events to help partners gain knowledge and capacity to succeed and be self-reliant. We are committed to interventions that are country-led and country-owned.

  • Webinar

    Variable Renewable Energy Generation Forecasting and Integration with Dispatching

    This webinar explores how Indonesia, Kazakhstan, and Pakistan navigated the complexities of variable renewable energy generation forecasting and its integration with dispatching and market operations. View the webinar

  • Webinar

    System Planning to Scale Up Renewables

    This webinar explores strategic energy planning approaches to resource adequacy; strategies and tools for renewable energy development; and methodologies for introducing the locational dimension of renewable energy and zones. View the webinar


Amanda Valenta USAID Senior Energy Specialist

Sarah Lawson USAID Senior Energy Specialist

Last updated: October 15, 2021

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