The Handbook is a succinct and user-friendly reference publication intended to serve as a manual and an information source to facilitate the successful identification and implementation of viable renewable energy projects in different categories, both in developed and developing countries.

It provides a brief overview of the leading renewable energy resources: biomass, geothermal, hydro, solar and wind, and presents the state-of-the-art technologies for their use. It also contains a summary of the existing policies and drivers, as well as the barriers common to renewables and suggests ways of dealing with them.