The public campaign launched by Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Ignasius Jonan at the National Monument (Monas) in Jakarta on Sunday to promote rooftop photovoltaic (PV) solar panels is part of the government’s multifaceted push to develop clean energy. The campaign is timely as it comes after the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry enacted a regulation late last year on licensing for the installation of rooftop PV solar panel systems and feed-in fees for exporting excess power into the grid of state electricity firm PLN. The regulation stipulates that the installation of a rooftop PV solar panel system requires prior verification and approval from PLN’s local distribution unit, a process that should be completed within 15 days.
According to the latest forecast by BloombergNEF (BNEF), energy storage installations (not including pumped hydropower) around the world will multiply exponentially, from 9GW/17GWh deployed as of 2018 to 1,095GW/2,850GWh by 2040. The report goes on to model the impact of this on a global electricity system increasingly penetrated by low-cost wind and solar. Yayoi Sekine, energy storage analyst for BNEF and co-author of the report, said: “Two big changes this year are that we have raised our estimate of the investment that will go into energy storage by 2040 by more than $40 billion, and that we now think the majority of new capacity will be utility-scale, rather than behind-the-meter at homes and businesses.”
Ciel&Terre and SCG have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop floating PV systems on hydroelectric dams in Thailand. Harold Meurisse, executive director of Sky & Earth Thailand, recently told the Bangkok Post that Thailand has always been a promising market. “This is a country where the solar industry is in demand for cost competitiveness without compromising the safety and quality of photovoltaic installations,” he said. “As a result, establishing a partnership with SCG has become natural, bringing together the best polymer and floating solar energy experts to seize the major opportunity of hybridization of the floating solar system and hydroelectric dams.”
The Energy Ministry plans to promote a peer-to-peer (P2P) power trading model for private companies to decentralise the country's power generation system in line with the new version of the power development plan (PDP) for 2018-37. Energy Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong said Thai companies will have more chances to participate in this project, but the government will require companies to form joint ventures with small communities. Renewable power will be a key resource in P2P power trading -- including biomass, biogas, waste and solar -- depending on the potential in each province.
ASEAN has set shared target for renewables to form 23% of the energy mix by 2025, and while many will see this as ambitious, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the ASEAN Centre for Energy's (ACE) 2016 report showed this is achievable with significant potential from solar PV, wind power and geothermal capacity to contribute to the existing renewable power capacity. On 3-5 September 2019, Thailand, as ASEAN Chairman for 2019 will host the ASEAN Energy Business Forum (AEBF) in conjunction with the 37th annual ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting (AMEM) at the The Athenee Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand.
Vietnam has witnessed a huge rush in solar PV projects development as the validity of attractive feed-in-tariff (FIT) rates ended on 30 June 2019. According to the Vietnam Electricity Group (EVN) as of 30 June, a total of 82 solar power plants with a cumulative capacity of 4.46 GW had been connected to the national grid. Because of this, solar power now accounts for 8.28% of Vietnam’s electricity capacity. By the end of 2019, another 13 solar power plants with a combined capacity of 630 MW are scheduled to be connected to the grid, raising the total number of the country’s solar power plants to 95.
The nation is targeting an unspecified capacity of solar PV systems to be installed on households and public facilities across several of its regions. The successful projects will be jointly financed by the World Bank and the government of Myanmar. Myanmar expects to achieve 100% electrification by 2030, with off-grid solar playing a leading role in bringing power to rural areas. Myanmar has issued an invitation for bids for the supply, installation and maintenance of 31 solar systems for households and public facilities. Bidding will be conducted under World Bank procurement guidelines.
The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) is gearing up to promote the household solar rooftop scheme and encourage participation after the current enrolment fell short of expectations. This programme began in May after the launch of the national power development plan for 2018-37. The latest plan focuses on new solar power generation of 10,000 megawatts, all coming from the solar rooftop type installed by homeowners. Power capacity under the scheme starts at 100 MW per year during 2019-27 for households and increases solar power generation to 1,000 MW per year from 2028 on, ultimately reaching 10,000 MW by 2037.