Solar Power Shines In Myanmar

Myanmar’s launch of its first commercial solar plant last month is a step in the right direction for a country that has yet to provide more than half of its citizens with proper access to electricity.Constructed on over 836 acres of land, an area equivalent to almost 530 football fields, the Minbu Solar Power Plant will be ASEAN’s largest solar power plant according to Thailand’s META Corporation – the project’s contractor and developer.

28 July 2019

Your air conditioner is a lethal weapon

Around the world, scorching heat waves are breaking records, with France reaching a sweltering 45.9 degrees Celsius and Australia hitting 49.5 degrees in 2019. According to data provided by the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S), global average temperatures for June 2019 were the highest on record. Based on simulations conducted at the Centre for Climate Research Singapore, the country can expect to face soaring temperatures of 40 degrees Celsius, as early as 2045.

9 July 2019

Malaysia: ASEAN’s biggest solar employer

Looking for a job in renewable energy? Malaysia might be just the place for you.The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) this week named Malaysia as the region’s biggest solar photovoltaics (PV) employer with a total of more than 54,300 people working in the industry last year – up from 40,300 in 2017.Malaysia are sixth globally in the list of top solar PV employers while the only other ASEAN country to make it into the top-10, Vietnam, is in ninth spot.

21 June 2019

Myanmar has an energy problem

Ever since Myanmar undertook a series of political, economic and administrative reforms in 2011, the country’s economy has steadily improved. According to data from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Myanmar is enjoying some of the highest growth rates in the region.

30 April 2019

Indonesia’s dull solar sector 

Indonesia is the largest energy consumer among all ASEAN member states, and with over 260 million people, energy demand in the archipelagic country is growing rapidly and is expected to rise by nearly four gigawatts (GW) to 66.6 GW this year.

27 April 2019

ASEAN fast becoming a renewable energy hub

Technological innovations and favourable government policies are among the four trends expected to drive Southeast Asia’s transition to renewable energy in the coming years. A report published by global auditing firm KPMG on Tuesday titled ‘The Renewable Energy Transition’ noted that while there are still 70 million ASEAN citizens without access to reliable electricity, the potential for renewable energy is huge in those markets and governments are increasingly turning to solar and w

31 March 2019

ASEAN’s energy transition on the right track

Yesterday, the World Economic Forum (WEF) launched the fifth edition of their Energy Transition Index (ETI), ranking 115 economies on how well they are able to balance energy security and access with environmental sustainability and affordability.

26 March 2019

ASEAN’s insatiable demand for energy

As Southeast Asia becomes one of the fastest developing regions in the world, concerns over its energy security is fast growing. Southeast Asia has a combined population of over 600 million people and an economy worth nearly US$3 trillion. Furthermore, the World Economic Forum (WEF) forecasts that the region will become the fifth largest economy in the world by 2020.With the region developing rapidly, demand for energy is now higher than ever.

11 March 2019

Storing energy in batteries

Rio Tuba, located in the Municipality of Bataraza on the island of Palawan in the Philippines is a predominantly mountainous region with roads riddled with potholes making it almost inaccessible especially during bad weather conditions.This makes it difficult for households in the area to be connected to the national grid.

5 March 2019

Investing in Southeast Asia’s electricity

Southeast Asia is a growing region with countries here averaging growth rates of 5.1 percent. This situation has rightly prompted a rise in energy demand within the region. Between 2000 and 2016, economic growth in the region spurred a 70 percent increase in primary energy demand.

17 February 2019

The potential of floating solar power

Thailand is the latest country in Southeast Asia to recognise the untapped potential of floating solar technology after the state-run Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) announced five pilot projects last month.The country’s masterplan includes the installation of floating solar panels in eight hydropower plants nationwide with a total capacity of 1,000 megawatts (MW) over the next two decades.

12 February 2019

'Inkjet' solar panels for green energy

What if one day all buildings could be equipped with windows and facades that satisfy the structure's every energy need, whether rain or shine?That sustainability dream is today one step closer to becoming a reality thanks to Polish physicist and businesswoman Olga Malinkiewicz.

4 February 2019