Updates from January 2020
USAID Clean Power Asia is supporting Lao PDR to organize their first solar auction, and key to the success of the auction is the drafting of three legal agreements to be signed between developers and the government, including the head of agreement, concession agreement, and power purchase agreement, as well as solar regulations including draft technical interconnection requirements and technical standards, all to be part of the auction announcement package. In January, the solar auction Working Committee of key government officials mandated to design and prepare the auction for government approval met with USAID Clean Power Asia staff and partner the Global Green Growth Institute to review the agreements, and also met with Électricité du Laos to review technical standards, a regulation to ensure the quality of the projects to be developed under the auction program.
How we foster supportive policy frameworks
USAID Clean Power supports Lower Mekong countries to improve the enabling environment for grid-connected renewable energy development by analyzing barriers and policy impacts; facilitating the exchange of lessons learned and best practices among Lower Mekong countries and the wider ASEAN community; conducting stakeholder consultations; and developing pilot programs. Activities under three focused themes (Distributed Photovoltaics, Solar Farms, and Resource Complementarity) include technical support for the development or improvement of both policy and incentives and regulations and standards.