Microsoft, Planet and The Nature Conservancy launch the Global Renewables Watch

Using artificial intelligence and satellite imagery, the Global Renewables Watch maps renewable energy installations from space

NEW YORK, September 22, 2022 / PRNewswire / – Microsoft Corp., Planet Labs PBC and The Nature Conservancy announced Thursday plans to launch the Global Renewables Watch (GRW), a first-of-its-kind living atlas intended to map and measure all levels of utility installations solar and wind power plants on Earth using artificial intelligence (AI) and satellite imagery, enabling users to assess the progress of the clean energy transition and track trends over time.

With the initial mapping of solar and wind power plants in Germany And Indiaas well as solar plants in Brazil And Egypt completed, the GRW was built to serve as a publicly available renewable energy atlas with country-by-country insights into production progress and development trends. With access to satellite data dating back to 2018 and plans to update the atlas twice a year, the GRW aims to showcase countries’ renewable energy capacity, help understand that capacity, and recognize patterns on the potential impact of the renewable energy that sits on the landscape over time rather than as a moment in time.

The first comprehensive global inventory is expected to be completed by early 2023, at which time the results will undergo both scientific and technical validation. For this joint program, Microsoft is providing the artificial intelligence and platform technology, Planet is providing the underlying satellite imagery, and The Nature Conservancy is overlapping the subject matter expertise to analyze the output.

The announcement comes as New York hosts international leaders from the public and private sectors for the opening of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly and the 14th annual New York Climate Week.

“The New York Climate Week theme this year is ‘make it’, and to do that, we need to move from commitment to progress,” said The Nature Conservancy CEO. Jennifer Morris. “Global Renewables Watch, which is the result of the collaboration between Microsoft, The Nature Conservancy and Planet, is exactly the kind of action we need to see. This will be a publicly accessible resource to help researchers and policymakers understand the capabilities and gaps. current so that decision makers can scale much-needed renewable energy resources in a responsible and nature-friendly way. “

Current methods for monitoring solar and wind energy projects globally are an immensely complex undertaking, spanning countless jurisdictions and with much of the data held by private organizations. The GRW aims to deliver this data by pairing AI with high-resolution satellite imagery and presenting it in a dynamically updated time series.

“Each of the partners brings unique knowledge and added value to this initiative,” said Planet Co-Founder and CEO Will Marshall. “You can’t manage what you can’t measure, so by combining Microsoft’s artificial intelligence and cloud computing capabilities, Planet’s full, high-resolution satellite imagery, and The Nature Conservancy’s in-depth subject matter expertise, we hope to build a powerful platform to bring out – and democratize access – to renewable energy data “.

Partners will continue to map other countries and aim to raise awareness of the tool for those tasked with managing the global clean energy transition in the weeks leading up to and during the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP27which takes place in Sharm El Sheik, Egypt, nov. 6-182022.

“The world needs access to data to make responsible environmental decisions, and the Global Renewables Watch will serve as a fundamental tool for understanding humanity’s progress towards achieving the Paris Agreement goals on climate and achieving the development goal. United Nations Sustainable Development (SDG)) 7 to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all, “said Microsoft VP and Chief Data Scientist Juan Lavista Ferr├Ęs.

GRW will make its data and findings available on for integration into broader analyzes.

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Planet Labs PBC (NYSE: PL) is a leading provider of daily satellite imagery and global geospatial solutions. Planet is driven by the mission to imagine the world every day and make change visible, accessible and actionable. Founded in 2010 by three NASA scientists, Planet designs, builds and operates the largest fleet of Earth observation imaging satellites, acquiring over 30 TB of data per day. Planet provides mission-critical data, advanced insights and software solutions to over 800 customers, including the world’s leading agriculture, forestry, intelligence, education and finance companies and government agencies, enabling users to easily and effectively derive unique value from satellite images. Planet is a public utility company listed on the New York Stock Exchange as PL. To find out more, visit and follow us on Twitter.

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