There’s a reason why the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has successfully goaded powerful politicians into long-overdue climate action in just six months. Thunberg has become a moral authority, clearly articulating how adults have shamefully abdicated their basic duties to protect today’s children and future generations from compounding climate catastrophe.
Echoing last year’s findings, a report compiled by five international agencies shows the world is still falling short of the global energy targets enshrined in United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for 2030. The good news is, the number of people without access to electricity continued to shrink as the deployment of off-grid power solutions gathered pace – led by solar.
Cambodia’s electricity demand has been increasing year-on-year since 2010 as rapid development in the country continues, with last year’s growth around 15%. Recent investments and advances in technology indicate that Cambodia may look to tap into its substantial renewable energy potential in the coming decades, but without a clear course of action or specific targets, progress is hampered.
Thailand’s metropolitan and provincial electricity authorities have launched a net metering scheme for residential PV installations with a generation capacity of up to 10 kW. Applications will have to be submitted to the country’s Office of the Energy Regulatory Commission, which will also be the buyer of surplus power produced by rooftop systems.
More than 150 million people are gaining access to electricity every year, reducing the ranks of those who live without power, but this is not enough to meet global development goals. Furthermore, efforts to cut pollution from cooking food and promote renewable power for heat and transportation are likewise far behind the goals that world nations set in 2015.
Solar energy is the future of power sector, the Renewable Energy Association of the Philippines said. Installation of solar rooftops is seen as a long-term cheap alternative energy source, comprising one-third of the all solar energy fixtures in the Philippines by 2030 from increasing popularity.
Renewable energy may be one of the government’s new top sources of investment, but industry players have complained it is difficult to develop clean power projects in the Philippines largely due to bureaucratic red tape.
Regulatory support for a smart grid should be the next government's top priority for renewable energy policy, as finding funding sources for environmentally friendly projects is becoming easier in Thailand, said B.Grimm Power's president at "Renewable Energy Investing in Asia and the Pacific" at ADB’s 52nd annual meeting in Fiji last week.