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August 21, 2019
US invests in Thai solar energy project

The United States has funded a Thai energy developer for its feasibility study of a solar power project in Thailand as part of its Indo-Pacific commitment. Thomas Hardy, director of the US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), said yesterday's grant signing ceremony marked an important milestone in the USTDA's role in Thailand. "It is a manifestation of the Indo-Pacific vision laid out by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last year. It is our commitment to investing in visionary companies looking to transform the energy sector," he said at the event at the GPF building.

August 21, 2019
Wind and Solar Will Provide 50% of Electricity in 2050, BNEF Report Finds

In a report that examines the ways in which renewable energy demand is expected to increase, Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) finds that “aggressive decarbonization” will be required beyond 2030 to meet the temperature goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change. Focusing on electricity, BNEF’s 2019 New Energy Outlook (NEO) predicts a 62% increase in global power demand, leading to global generating capacity tripling between now and 2050, when wind and solar are expected to make up almost 50% of world electricity due to decreasing costs.

August 21, 2019
Floating Solar Panels Market: Rise in Renewable Energy Investments to Drive Market in Asia Pacific

The global floating solar panels market was valued at US$ 240.65 Mn in 2018 and is anticipated to expand at a CAGR of 43.02% from 2019 to 2027. In terms of type, stationary floating solar panels constituted more than 90% share of the global floating solar panels market in 2018. As far as limit, over 5 MW comprised over half portion of the worldwide floating solar panels market in 2018. In view of area and nation, Asia Pacific overwhelmed the worldwide floating solar panels market in 2018.

August 21, 2019
Deputy PM: Vietnam encourages renewable energy development

Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung has stated that the Vietnamese government always encourages the development and effective use of renewable energies, towards sustainable socio-economic development. During a reception in Hanoi on August 15 for General Director of Norway’s Scatec Solar company Raymond Carlsen, Deputy PM Dung said with an annual economic growth of nearly 7% and a population of more than 90 million, Vietnam sees growing demand for electricity.

August 15, 2019
Using machine learning and cheap satellite data to design rooftop solar power

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst campus, have built a software tool, called DeepRoof, which they say has achieved a “true positive rate” of 91.1% in identifying a roof’s solar power potential, while using widely available (and cheap) satellite data from tools like Google Earth. Their goal in Deep Roof: a Data-Driven Approach For Solar Potential Estimation Using Rooftop Imagery, is to take a list of address (or GPS coordinates) from a contractor and hand back the solar power potential of those sites.

August 15, 2019
Solar companies are struggling to make sense of Indonesian government’s renewable energy policy

Solar power companies in Indonesia are struggling to maintain their margins. The Indonesian authorities have announced a renewable energy mix target of 23% by 2025. To push installations of renewable energy, the government has introduced various regulations through different ministries. But, companies are protesting against some of the regulations as they feel these are not conducive for national solar power development.

August 15, 2019
Cambodia electricity authority “in a race” to prevent 2020 cuts

The head of Electricite Du Cambodge (EdC) said yesterday (Aug 8) that the utility is in “a race against time and a race against nature” to get two new generators installed and commissioned ahead of the next dry season if power cuts similar to earlier this year are to be avoided...The unexpected shortage was a result of drought, Cambodia’s predominantly hydro based power generating systems left without sufficient water to turn the turbines.

August 15, 2019
Experts urge private investment in Vietnam’s power grid

Ninh Thuan and Binh Thuan provinces are increasingly burdened by overloaded transmission lines and substations. As more transmission lines and sub-stations get overloaded especially in Vietnam's Ninh Thuan and Binh Thuan provinces, state media reports that authorities have urged the government to allow investors to install transmission systems and transfer them to the Vietnam Electricity (EVN) for operation.

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