USAID Clean Power Asia provides technical assistance and interventions in four primary Lower Mekong countries (Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam) built around three themes:
Solar photovoltaic farms: Facilitating investment in solar farms by establishing and increasing solar PV targets that are incorporated into power development plans; addressing policies, incentives and grid integration standards and regulations to enable solar farms to integrate into the grid; and improving solar PV farms’ bankability and access to finance.
Distributed solar photovoltaics: Facilitating investment in rooftop solar photovoltaics by addressing grid integration standards and regulations to enable solar energy to integrate into the grid; and improving bankability and access to finance for distributed solar photovoltaics.
Promoting compatibility of renewable energy resources with traditional resources: A significant concern of utilities is how variable renewable energy will impact business sustainability and technical operations. Through planning and policy analyses, USAID Clean Power Asia demonstrates how variable renewable energy complements traditional resources better than planned coal investments, thereby facilitating the inclusion of greater shares of variable renewable energy in power development plans, and promoting the adoption of policies to encourage utilities and the private sector to invest in variable renewable energy, with a focus on solar energy in particular.