January 30, 2019
Decoding the future of blockchain for ASEAN in 2019

The year 2019 will mark the tenth anniversary of the first deployment of blockchain technology. Since then, the concept of blockchain was inseparably linked with the world of cryptocurrencies. But the burst of the Bitcoin bubble seems to have resulted in a paradigm shift. While the popularity of cryptocurrencies may have taken a nosedive, the same cannot be said about the technology behind it at all.

January 24, 2019
Google signs first solar PPA in Asia

Global technology giant Google this week announced that it has signed an agreement to purchase the output from a 10 MW PV installation in Taiwan. The agreement represents Google’s first move to procure renewable energy anywhere in Asia, and the first agreement made since a recent change to Taiwan’s Electricity Act allowed non-utility companies to buy renewable energy directly.

January 24, 2019
Why Salesforce, Gap, Bloomberg, and others are teaming up to buy solar

Bloomberg, Salesforce, Gap Inc., Cox Enterprises, and Workday have teamed up to collectively act as the anchor tenant of a new 100-megawatt solar project in North Carolina. They’ll be able to use the shared solar to offset the energy use of some of their own operations across the country, and the purchase will help increase the share of clean energy flowing through the local grid.

January 24, 2019
It’s decision time for Southeast Asia as power demand soars

Southeast Asia’s energy demand is expected to grow by two-thirds by 2040, requiring massive investment in new energy generation and transmission. To meet their growing needs, countries have to make pivotal choices. They will either lock the region into a carbon-intensive energy future or open up a more sustainable, flexible path based on renewables and energy trading.

January 24, 2019
Solar will rebound this year with more than 100 GW of new capacity

After a year of turbulence for global solar, new capacity installations will break the 100 GW barrier for the first time in 2019, according to consultants Wood Mackenzie. The Scottish energy research company predicted 103 GW of new PV will be installed in the next 12 months.

January 17, 2019
Solar energy to be more affordable to consumers

The Government's move to liberalise the energy sector and to promote renewable energy would make it more affordable for consumers to switch to renewable energy, especially solar energy. The Ditrolic Solar Sdn Bhd CEO said the implementation of the Net Energy Metering and Supply Agreement for Renewable Energy policies makes it cheaper for consumer to switch to solar energy.

January 17, 2019
Indian renewable energy deployment to grow sharply this year after ‘forgettable’ 2018

India’s renewable energy deployment is expected grow by 50% year-on-year in 2019 with a total of 15,860 MW of installations, according to a report by consultancy firm Bridge to India. The ‘India RE 2019 Outlook report’ described 2018 as a “forgettable year” for the Indian renewables sector, lifted only by a surge in auctions with more than 20GW of capacity awarded.

January 17, 2019
Vietnam eyes green power, not to sacrifice environment for growth

The government Thursday reaffirmed Vietnam’s desire for a greener energy mix amid the risk of a power deficiency. Environment-friendly coal- and gas-fueled and renewable power plants would make up the mix. While Vietnam faces "obvious risks of an energy shortage in the coming will not sacrifice the environment for economic growth," Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung said.

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