The Vietnam Electricity has worked with National Power Transmission Corporation and Southern Power Corporation to speed up the progress of power grid projects in Ninh Thuận and Bình Thuận province in order to handle the power transmission overload in the area. It is expected that by December next year solar capacity in the two provinces will increase to 4,240 MW while demand is low, meaning the excess power has to be transmitted to the grid.
SET-listed SPCG Plc, Thailand's largest capacity solar photovoltaic power operator, has announced a joint venture with Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance Co (MUL) to provide rooftop solar panels to large factories and businesses. The partners are banking on the potential profitability of on-grid and off-grid solar rooftop cells in the Thai market, particularly for businesses operating large factories. Wandee Khunchornyakong, chairwoman and chief executive of SPCG, said each partner will bring separate expertise to integrate the skillsets of other companies.
Indonesia’s president Joko Widodo has reportedly expressed his intention to wean Indonesia off coal, in a move that runs counter to his own administration’s stated policy of increasing the country’s reliance on the fossil fuel. The president made the announcement at a July 8 cabinet meeting, according to Siti Nurbaya Bakar, the minister of environment and forestry. “The president emphasized that we must develop the energy sector with a focus on renewable energy,” Siti said at a recent event in Jakarta.
The growing economies of South and Southeast Asia need to shift from their current carbon-intensive energy path to renewable sources to fuel economic growth and promote sustainable development while avoiding life-threatening pollution and environmental degradation, according to the research institute Climate Analytics. Meanwhile, renewable energy is now cheaper than fossil-fuelled generation in most of the world. Renewables also offer a faster and cheaper way to increase access to affordable clean energy for millions of people, says Berlin-based Climate Analytics.
The water authority of the city state wants to procure a 50 MW floating solar installation on the Tengeh Reservoir that will be operational by 2021. Details of a 50 MW installation described as “Southeast Asia’s largest public tender for floating PV” were revealed this morning by Norwegian technical consultancy DNV GL, which has been appointed technical advisor for the project.
Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA) and Krungthep Thanakom Co., Ltd. joined hands to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop electricity infrastructure for the Smart Metropolitan Bangkok project at MEA’s headquarters, Bangkok, on 12 July 2019. The brief involves scrutinising the need for clean energy, making use of energy consumption data, and adopting digital technology.
Cambodia’s council of ministers approved four new large-scale solar power projects with 140 MW of total capacity. The projects will be constructed on a Build-Own-Operate (BOO) basis. A 20 MW solar park will be located in the Bavet province, while another 60 MW project will be built in the Battambang province, and two additional 30 MW facilities will being installed in the provinces of Pursat and Banteay Meanchey.
A 200kW floating solar project in now live above one of the Philippines' largest reservoirs. Norwegian floating solar technology provider Ocean Sun partnered with Chinese solar manufacturer GCL-SI in June to build the floating solar system in the 1,170-hectare Magat reservoir, found 220 miles north of capital Manila on the island of Luzon. It is the Philippines-based renewable energy group SN Aboitiz Power-Magat’s (SNAP) first non-hydro project.