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Vietnamese advocates of solar power have begun a "Million Green Homes" project, aimed at spreading the use of solar power in the country instead of coal and other fossil fuels. The project is being undertaken by the new Vietnam Coalition for Climate Action, formed in August by a group of leaders from business, academia and public organizations, and is designed to use a combination of public outreach and financial initiatives to get solar power on an additional million buildings.
Philippines utility Meralco has sunk PHP424 million (US$8.2 million) of equity funding into its renewables subsidiary, MGreen, to support 210MW of solar projects. The solar projects are estimated to have a total project cost of PHP10.01 billion (US$193 million). The plants will be spread across Luzon, the country's largest island, including some in Meralco's franchise area, according to a company statement published by local media.
Cambodia’s ranking in the latest global energy sustainability survey has improved dramatically, indicating that the Kingdom’s efforts to solve its energy woes and providing an adequate power supply are making headway. This also means that Cambodia, which suffered a crippling power problem a few months ago, has recovered well from that crisis. After many of its hydropower dams dried up because of a lingering drought, Cambodia was forced to ration power in many parts of the country early this year.
The government plans to issue operating licences for community waste power projects for a combined 400 megawatts of new power capacity during 2019-20. Wattanapong Kurovat, director-general of the Energy Policy and Planning Office (Eppo), said the office is the project's coordinator, working closely with the Interior Ministry and the private sector. "We are conducting a feasibility study before seeking applications from private power companies," he said.