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Thailand, Indonesia, new solar energy hot spots in Asia

A new report by NPD Solarbuzz estimated that solar photovoltaic demand from the emerging Asia Pacific and Central Asia region would surpass 3 gigawatts by 2017, with Thailand, Indonesia, Taiwan, Malaysia and the Philippines dominating the industry. Compared to the 723 megawatts of recorded demand last year, this represents a strong compound year on year growth rate of 28 percent. Between 2013 and 2017, the five countries named...

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Indonesia to see solar F.I.T., launch 150 MW solar tender in April

The Indonesian government is calling for a tender for the construction of at least 150 megawatts worth of solar power projects across the country. The official announcement is expected next month, reported Indonesia’s Antara news agency. The tender expected to render 19 trillion Indonesian rupiah ($1.95 billion) worth of power purchase deals. According to the energy and mineral resources ministry director Rida Mulyana,...

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Renewable energy to fuel Philippine economic growth amid climate change – V.P. Binay

The Philippines has abundant renewable energy sources and these must be used to fuel sustainable economic development in the midst of climate change, said Vice President Jejomar Binay. “Obviously we cannot remain myopic – we have to look beyond available solutions and develop new ones,” the Vice President told small-scale hydro power stakeholders during the Philippine Hydro Summit. According to Mr. Binay, renewable...

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Energy security vital for the Philippines’ promising economic growth

The Philippines certainly needs energy security in the midst of its promising economic growth, said Department of Energy undersecretary Josefina Asirit. Speaking at the opening of Power and Electricity Philippines conference on Wednesday (February 28), Ms. Asirit stressed that energy security is imperative to usher in the country’s fast-paced development. “Markets around the world are now seeing the Philippines’...

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AEG Power Solutions providing inverters for 30 MW project in Madhya Pradesh

AEG Power Solutions has won a contract to provide inverters for a 30-megawatt solar power plant for M and B Switch gears Ltd. in Madhya Pradesh. Through its subsidiary AEG PS (India), AEG Power Solutions will be providing high reliability inverters for the M and B Switchgears project within the first quarter of 2012. “We are thrilled to have bagged this contract. We start the year with two...

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Indian auto parts consortium to put up 7 MW solar farm in Tamil Nadu

A 7-megawatt solar power plant is to be built in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu to provide renewable energy of the operations of five auto parts companies based in the city of Chennai. According to The Hindu Business Line report, Auto Parts, Super Auto Forge, The Rane group, MM Forgings and Natesan Industries have formed a consortium to put up the Rs 70 crore ($12.85 million) solar farm. As severe power outages are...

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JinkoSolar, China Three Gorges New Energy Corp. team up for solar in western China

Around 600 megawatts of solar panels are to be installed during the next three years in western China. JinkoSolar Holding Co. Ltd. has entered a strategic cooperation agreement with China Three Gorges New Energy Corp. to deliver high-efficiency panels to the clean energy project developer from 2013 to 2015. China Three Gorges New Energy Corp. is a state-owned enterprise specializing in developing and operating...

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Fuel-cell production plant begins operations in Yokohama

A ready-to-scale production plant for fuel-cell systems has opened its doors in Yokohama, Japan. SMILE FC System Corporation, a joint venture between British fuel cell power systems firm Intelligent Energy and Japanese vehicle manufacturer Suzuki Motor Corporation, will be using semi-automated production technology developed by Intelligent Energy to supply fuel cell stacks for Suzuki vehicles. “Fuel cell systems provide...

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Indian, French firms inked deal to put up floating solar P.V. plant in eastern India

An Indian and French partnership will make way for new solar power projects in the eastern part of India to help address the combined land, energy and water issues in the region. Klystron Electronics Pvt. Ltd. from Kolkata and Ciel et Terre from France signed a memorandum of agreement to build floating solar photovoltaic plants using the latter’s “hydrelio” technology. The collaboration was facilitated by the European Business...

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A.D.B. allots $102 million for the Philippines’ solar and hydro

The Asian Development Bank has provided $102 million for the Philippines to boost its renewable energy sector. The funding is especially allocated for solar and hydropower projects, reported Inquirer.net. In a statement, Sohail Hasnie, principal energy specialist at the A.D.B., said $100 million in loans is available for solar rooftop projects while $2 million in funds is being used to jumpstart micro-hydropower...

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