The Potential of Renewable Energy Sources in Latvia

Open access


The article discusses some aspects of the use of renewable energy sources in the climatic conditions prevailing in most of the territory of Latvia, with relatively low wind speeds and a small number of sunny days a year. The paper gives a brief description of the measurement equipment and technology to determine the parameters of the outer air; the results of the measurements are also analysed. On the basis of the data obtained during the last two years at the meteorological station at the Botanical Garden of the University of Latvia, the energy potential of solar radiation and wind was estimated. The values of the possible and the actual amount of produced energy were determined.

1. Sievers, J., Faulstich, S., Puchta, M., Stadler, I., & Schmid, J. (2007). Long-term perspectives for balancing fluctuating renewable energy sources. Kassel, Germany: University of Kassel, Department of Efficient Energy Conversion. Available at

2. Environment and Renewable Energy Industry in Latvia. (2013). Available at

3. Lukutin, B., Surzhikova, O., & Shandarova, E. (2008). Vozobnovlyayemaya energetika v detsentralizovannom elektrosnabzhenii [Renewable energy in decentralized power supply]. Moscow: Energoatomizdat

4. Goran Wall, M. (2014). Life cycle exergy analysis of solar energy systems. J Fundam Renewable Energy Appl., 05(01). doi:10.4172/2090-4541.1000146.

5. Alpicair. (2015). AlpicAir gaiss-gaiss siltumsūkņi, zemes ūdens siltumsūkņi un saules kolektori [AlpicAir air-to-air heat pumps, ground water heat pumps and solar collectors]. Available at

6. Tipy solnechnykh batarey i ikh KPD [Types of solar panels and their efficiency]. (2015). Available at

7. Al’ternativnaya energiya. Solnechnaya energetika [Alternative energy. Solar power]. (2015). Available at

8. MIEL Group. (2015). “Sun Republic” v Latvii poluchil grant Yevrosoyuza [“Sun Republic” received a grant from the European Union in Latvia]. Available at

9. Sailessūknis. Solārās apkures sistēma [Saulessuknis. A solar heating system]. (2015). Available at

10. Bezrukovs, V., Bezrukovs, V., Zacepins, A., & Komashilovs, V. (2015). Assessment of wind shear and wind energy potential in the Baltic Sea region of Latvia. Latvian Journal of Physics and Technical Sciences, 52(2), 26–39. doi:10.1515/lpts-2015-0009

11. Lizuma, L., Avotniece, Z., Rupainis, S., & Teilans, A. (2013). Assessment of the present and future offshore wind power potential: a case study in a target territory of the Baltic Sea near the Latvian coast. The Scientific World Journal, 2013, 1–10. doi:10.1155/2013/126428

12. Rolik, Y., & Gornostay, A. (2015). Analiz osnovnykh ekonomicheskikh pokazateley raboty vetroustanovok po rezul’tatam opyta kommercheskoy ekspluatatsii vetroparkov Latvii [Analysis of the major economic factors of the wind turbines performance based on the results of commercial service experience of the wind-farms in Latvia]. Izvestiya vysshikh uchebnykh zavedeniy i energeticheskikh ob”yedineniy SNG. Energetika [News of higher educational institutions and the energy association in CIS countries. Energetics], 2, 88–94. Available at

13. EEM. (2015). Energoefektivitātes monitorings [Energy efficiency monitoring]. Available at

14. Laboratory for Mathematical Modelling of Environmental and Technological Processes. (2015). Available at

15. Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre. (2015). Operational Information. Available at

16. Regulations of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Latvia. (2015). Latvian Construction Standards LBN 003-01“Construction Climatology”

17. Photovoltaic Geographical Information System. (2015). PV Potential Estimation Utility. Available at

18. Sinergo. (2015). Saules bateriju sistēmas darbības tiešsaiste [Solar system operation online]. Available at

19. Hansen, M. (2008). Aerodynamics of Wind Turbines. London: Earthscan.

20. Sakipova, S., & Jakovics, A. (2014). Sail-type wind turbine for autonomous power supply: Possible use in Latvia. Latvian Journal of Physics and Technical Sciences, 51(6), 13–25. doi:10.1515/lpts-2014-0033

21. Sakipova, S., Jakovics, A., Gendelis, S., Kambarova, Z., & Kussaiynov, Y. (2014). Development of a sail type wind turbine for autonomous energy supply according to climate conditions. Eurasian Physical Technical Journal, 11(2), 11–19

Latvian Journal of Physics and Technical Sciences

The Journal of Institute of Physical Energetics

Journal Information

CiteScore 2018: 0.32

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 2018: 0.147
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2018: 0.325

Cited By


All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 0 0 0
Full Text Views 347 268 11
PDF Downloads 119 101 5