Renewable energy resources (RER) are globally emerging as an energy generation alternative and latest research points out that these resources will have vital importance in the future. Limited reserves and negative environmental impacts of fossil fuels make investors to consider RER for sustainable development. In this study, a multi-criteria decision making (MCDM) approach is applied using the Decision Making Trial and Evaluation Laboratory Model (DEMATEL) technique, integrated with Analytic Network Process (ANP) for selecting the most appropriate RER in Turkey from an investor-focused perspective. The originality of the work comes from its ability to combine technical, economic, political and social attributes with a developed RER evaluation model and the effective and integrated framework it provides to select the most appropriate RER for Turkey for the first time using integrated DEMATEL and ANP approach. (C) 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.