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01
Dec

Thailand over achieving their Solar Goals, 2017

Thailand has so far been the leader in developing solar power in Southeast Asia, with one of the government officials saying its installed capacity reached about 2 GW in August, beating the target of 1.7 GW for this year.

“We have already exceeded our target for this year, especially in solar and waste power, given attractive FIT (feed in tariff) rates,” Viraphol Jirapraditkul, director of the Energy Regulatory Commission told Reuters.

“We have discussed about the possibility of raising the target for renewables and the energy ministry’s planning office will need to propose the numbers.”

Malaysia has planned to add 1 GW of solar power capacity by the year 2020 said Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Maximus Ongkili, up from 267 MW currently.

The Philippines has met a previous target of 500 MW for solar, but no fresh target has been set as the country’s new government is still reviewing the various energy sources.

Some analysts cautioned that Indonesia and Vietnam’s solar targets were ambitious and could be difficult to achieve.

Despite the growth of solar power in the region, coal is likely to remain a major source of energy as fast-growing demand means that Southeast Asia needs to double its power generation capacity in the next decade, government and industry officials said.

Read the full Reuters article here, where it explains the growing solar industry in Indonesia and Vietnam.

An employee of PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) cleans the surface of solar panels at a solar power generation plant in Gili Meno island  photo taken by Antara Foto

An employee of PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) cleans the surface of solar panels at a solar power generation plant in Gili Meno island
photo taken by Antara Foto

14
Sep

Philippines: President Duterte inaugurates expanded 800MW Philippines solar module factory

‘Filipino president Rodrigo Duterte, on August 23rd, inaugurated the Philippines first solar module manufacturing facility with an expanded capacity of 800MW at Santo Tomas, Batangas, owned by renewable energy firm Solar Philippines.

Solar Philippines launched the factory as a 200MW plant in March and has since then expanded the facility to 800MW.

Leandro Leviste, founder and CEO of Solar Phippines, told PV Tech that the company already has three OEM agreements with Chinese companies for manufacturing and exporting the majority of the panels to both the US and Europe.

Solar Philippines CEO Leandro Leviste presents a “Duterte Edition” solar panel to President Rodrigo Duterte. Also on stage are DOE Secretary Alfonso Cusi, PEZA Director General Charito Plaza, and Solar Philippines COO Roy Oyco. Credit: Solar Philippines

Solar Philippines CEO Leandro Leviste presents a “Duterte Edition” solar panel to President Rodrigo Duterte. Also on stage are DOE Secretary Alfonso Cusi, PEZA Director General Charito Plaza, and Solar Philippines COO Roy Oyco. Credit: Solar Philippines

In both these markets there are existing tariffs against imports directly from China.

The firm entered the PV manufacturing space following the closing of two factories run by US firm SunPower in the Philippines. Back in March a company spokesperson told PV Tech that the factory is managed and staffed by the former team of SunPower Philippines.

Earlier this year, the firm started construction on the first utility-scale solar project to be combined with battery energy storage in the Philippines, with 150MW of PV and a 50MWh battery at Concepcion, Tarlac, using modules from the Batangas factory. Commisioning is due in the next few months.

Leviste added that the firm is working on an off-grid 8MWh energy storage project combined with 4MW of solar in the island Mindoro. This solar, diesel and battery micro-grid project will be able to power a whole town and again Leviste believes it will be the largest such project in Asia.

Leviste said the firm is set to install 200MW of solar PV this year, followed by 500MW in 2018, at tariffs as low as US$0.058/kWh, which he claimed could be the lowest in the region. The firm also recently submitted proposals to the country’s utilities for the replacing of plans for large capacities of traditional power generation with 5GW of solar.

In a release, Leviste said: “Filipinos can save 30% on electricity. The average family paying 3,000 pesos will see their bill decrease to 2,000 pesos a month, and now with the latest batteries, entire towns can use solar energy for 24-hours a day.”

 

Click here to see more of this article, and information about improved Solar Tech coming from the Philippines!

12
Sep

EA to build charging stations – Bangkok Post

An S.E.T listed renewable energy firm, Energy Absolute Plc (EA), has announced their plans to develop and operate charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs) for the first time in Thailand, allocating 600 million baht to set up charging stations nationwide over the next couple of years.

An electric car being charged at PTT's electric vehicle charging station, which opened earlier this month on Chaiyaphruek Road, Nonthaburi. KITJA APICHONROJAREK

An electric car being charged at PTT’s electric vehicle charging station, which opened earlier this month on Chaiyaphruek Road, Nonthaburi. KITJA APICHONROJAREK

With huge development of the EV sector, Thai people are expecting to see EV charging stations across the country within the next two years. EMN has launched two charging stations as pilot projects since midyear at Siam Paragon and Siam Center (Bangkok), which provide charging service free of charge until October this year.

The EV charging rate is expected to be in line with the electricity rate approved by the Energy Regulatory Commission recently.

The government policy calls for 1.2 million units of EVs on the roads by 2036, up from only a handful now.

To read more about the electric vehicle increase in Thailand, and to find the charging station nearest to you, click here!

10
Sep

India could have 25% renewables by 2030 with a million solar jobs

“India could become the fourth largest market for renewable energy in the world by 2030 with 25% renewables in its energy mix, according to a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).”

The study ‘Renewable energy prospects for India’ picked out solar as having a key role to play becoming the country’s second largest source of renewables generation by 2030 with a 16% share, followed by wind (14%) and hydro (7%). Biofuels, often overlooked in the media discussion of renewables, were tabbed as having a huge 62% chunk of the total renewables capacity due their ability to be used in multiple applications including transport, electricity generation and heating.

"India could become the fourth largest market for renewable energy in the world by 2030 with 25% renewables in its energy mix, according to a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)."

“India could become the fourth largest market for renewable energy in the world by 2030 with 25% renewables in its energy mix, according to a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).”

The report noted that increasing deployment of renewables would result in 12 times more savings for the economy than its costs by 2030, combined with other benefits in job creation, health and environment. IRENA cited studies indicating that India could have over a million jobs in solar energy and over 180,000 in wind energy just by 2022. But to achieve this, India urgently needs to address and training and skills development shortfall.

The projected renewables additions would also lower the demand for coal and oil products between 17-23% in the same period.’

Click here to read more about India’s growing Solar Industry

08
Sep

Thai renewables company BCPG looks homeward for $1 billion spending budget

BCPG logo

Bangchak Corporation Public Company $1 billion renewable energy investment

BCPG, the renewable energy off-spring of Thailand’s Bangchak Corporation plans to invest $1 billion throughout the next 5 years with 40 percent of that planned for domestic power projects after many years of spending money overseas.

In order to achieve its target of owning 1,000 megawatts (MW) of renewable generation capacity by 2020, BCPG will have to posses an additional 400 MW of capacity.

Thai renewables company BCPG looks homeward for $1 billion spending budget

Thai renewables company BCPG looks homeward for $1 billion spending budget

BCPG is planning to build 150 MW of the new 400 MW capacity in Thailand, focusing on biomass and rooftop solar power investments. The remaining capacity would probably be an investment in wind power projects around Thailand.

BCPG plans to use the rooftop solar projects as a way to bring the micro-grid concept to Thailand. The photovoltaic panels on residential and industrial properties will produce renewable electricity that will then be sold back to nearby consumers connected to the local grid.

Learn more from the following interview, “Thai renewables company BCPG looks homeward for $1 billion spending budget”.

05
Sep

PEA opens electric vehicle charging point

Are you an owner of an Electric Vehicle (EV)?

Head on down to the Provincial Energy Authority (PEA) office in Nakhon Ratchasima, northeastern Thailand to charge your electric vehicle for free! The charging station has a “quick-charge” technology which is able to recharge the battery of an electric vehicle for a 100-km run in about 20 minutes.

More of these charging stations will be opening up soon, 11 in total. Look out for two stations in the North, three in the South, two in the East, one in the West and two in the Northeast of Thailand.

PEA opens electric-vehicle charging station in Nakhon Ratchasima

PEA opens electric-vehicle charging station in Nakhon Ratchasima

Soon you will be able to find these stations around the country along the major tourism routes and the PEA will launch an app to allow electric car owners to learn details about the stations.

Until the end of this year, charging your electric vehicles will be free of charge, between 6am and 1pm.

Read more from the original article here

03
Sep

Electricity Rates to be Adjusted – Thailand

Updates needed for Base Factor and Fuel Tariff rates

The ERC (Energy Regulatory Commission) has two categories of power calculation: The base factor, which is revised every five years, and the Fuel tariff rate, which is adjusted every four months. One of the factors which reduce power production costs include the declining development costs of renewable energy, particularly solar power.

Base factor and fuel tariff updates needed

Base factor and fuel tariff updates needed

For the development of the backup rate that was expected to be charged to Thai solar power developers, Mr Viraphol, spokesman for the ERC, said feasibility studies are being conducted to sort out that issue. He said the backup rate is unlikely to be imposed on Thai solar farm operators for at least two years.

Because of all the price changes in the Energy Sector, where costs are fluctuating and improving, there is a grave need to adjust these factors which effect the end-users pockets. Read this article to view how it is going to impact you!

 

01
Sep

Smart Energy Hackathon

We are always on the lookout for efficient and new technologies to bring to our customers. Efficient products, equal energy saving and smart living! We’ll be following this hackathon to bring our customers the good news on what new technologies will be discovered.

The Smart Energy Hackathon in Bangkok, plans to enhance software solutions for energy saving in Southeast Asia.

Smart Energy Hackathon, Bangkok

Smart Energy Hackathon, Bangkok

Smart Energy refers to the competent amalgamation of renewable energy sources, efficient distribution and optimal consumption.  Bringing together talent from inside and outside the energy industry, coders, and finance gurus will get us one step closer to a smarter, cleaner energy future.

Read the original post for updates and more exciting news about this event happening in a weeks time!

Find us at #smartenergyhackathon on Twitter and Facebook. This Hackathon is inspired by Powerhouse’s Suncode and Nexus India Hackathon and brought to you by GIZ, TechGrind, CU Innovation, KX, and CalCEF sponsored by PTT, ENGIE, PEA, Blue Solar, and Whapow.

 

06
Feb

Thailand Solar Capacity Predicted Surge 27Gw

Thanks to growing local manufacturing capacity.

Select markets in the ASEAN region are becoming increasingly attractive for renewable energy investment, with Thailand, the Philippines and Indonesia set to dominate the sub-region’s renewables capacity mix over the coming decade, according to BMI Research.

BMI views Thailand as the ASEAN renewables investment brightspot, and the country has emerged as the outperforming solar markets in the South East Asia region.

“We forecast solar capacity to total 2.7GW by 2026, driven by the country’s regulatory environment for renewable energy (Thailand has a feed-in tariff programme and a procurement programme for solar developments) and the growing local manufacturing capacity in the country.” BMI Research said.

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