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Technological innovations and favourable government policies are among the four trends expected to drive Southeast Asia’s transition to renewable energy in the coming years. A report noted that while there are still 70 million ASEAN citizens without access to reliable electricity, the potential for renewable energy is huge and governments are increasingly turning to solar and wind energy to address the issue.
The Intertubes are ablaze with news that the Earth holds 530,000 potential sites for pumped hydro energy storage in its hot little hands. If that sounds too good to be true, well, maybe. The devil is in the details. On the other hand, the number-crunching does indicate that a massive amount of energy storage capacity is already close at hand, even without fancy new breakthroughs in battery technology.
How do you increase your solar energy output when you need all your land for agriculture and for housing? Answer: take to the water. That’s just what they are doing in Japan. The world’s first floating solar plant was built in Japan and the country’s inland lakes and reservoirs are now home to 73 of the world's 100 largest floating solar plants.
In Vietnam, the development of solar power including solar power systems on the roof of houses is considered to have a lot of potential. If solar energy is promoted, it would be a clean energy resource with rather high output, while helping to minimise the budget invested in electricity generation and transmission facilities.