In post-Covid 19 Asia, countries should develop their own renewable energy capabilities

Published onJune 25, 2020

With developing Asia set to build fewer solar plants and wind turbines this year amid the Covid-19 crisis, the region should turn to domestic suppliers for renewable energy installations, said Zhai Yongping, who heads the energy sector group of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Speaking at the ADB’s virtual Asia Clean Energy Forum, Zhai told over 4,000 participants from the region’s clean energy sector that travel restrictions during the pandemic have caused long delays in some developing countries in Asia, which rely on international consultants, contractors, and imported materials for their renewable energy projects. For instance, companies in remote areas and island states in the Pacific which cannot build their own microgrid systems are “suffering” as revenue dries up due to a drop in energy demand and suspension of projects, he said.