Solar goes merchant in the Philippines amid lack of regulatory direction

Posted on October 17, 2017. Asian News.

Author: Tom Kenning Source: Utility-scale solar projects and hundreds of other power projects in the Philippines are being held up by pending approvals at the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), a problem compounded by last week’s dismissal of ERC chairman Jose Vicente Salazar for grave misconduct related to allegations of corruption. ERC, which is already lacking in manpower,… Read more »

TEE and Malaysia Solar partner on Southeast Asian PV opportunities

Posted on October 16, 2017. Asian News.

Author: Tom Kenning Source: Engineering and real estate firm TEE International, part of TEE Group, has formed a joint venture with PV firm Malaysian Solar Resources (MSR) to focus on Singapore solar tenders and explore investment opportunities in Southeast Asia. TEE and Malaysian Solar will be 51% and 49% shareholders respectively. Edwin Neo, Head… Read more »

Solar PH eyes completion of Tanauan farm

Posted on October 16, 2017. Asian News.

Source: While power companies await the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) approval of Power Supply Agreements (PSAs), Solar Philippines has proceeded with the construction of its solar farms, in line with the Department of Energy’s (DOE) push for merchant power plants to avert a power shortage next summer. “We purchased equipment as early as 2016… Read more »

Energo Labs Uses Blockchain to Decentralize Energy in the Philippines

Posted on October 13, 2017. Asian News.

Source: Shanghai-based start-up Energo Labs ( is combining blockchain technology with microgrids to decentralize energy production and consumption, which can help rural electrification as well as grid resilience. Decentralized ecosystems also minimize the problems caused by large infrastructure, while allowing users to choose where their energy comes from. Despite the extensive role of technology… Read more »

Nautilus tidal project in Indonesia to progress with Phase 1

Posted on October 13, 2017. Asian News.

Source: The 150MW Nautilus tidal stream project in Lombock, Indonesia, has taken a major step forward with news that its investors have agreed to progress to Phase 1, which will involve an initial 12MW capacity. Owner SBS Energi Kelautan (SBSEK) is expected to place a firm order for 8 x 1.5MW Atlantis AR1500 turbine… Read more »

GGGI Pledges to Support Vietnam to Develop Biomass Energy: Official

Posted on October 12, 2017. Asian News.

Author: Tuan Minh Source: As many as 11 sugar mills are producing electricity from sugarcane bagasse with a combined installed capacity of 351.6 megawatts and connect it to the national grid. Could you tell me more about the benefits of biomass energy, especially for a country like Vietnam where the sugar industry is quite… Read more »

Sarulla Geothermal Power Plant’s Second Unit Goes Online

Posted on October 12, 2017. Asian News.

Source: The second unit of the Sarulla geothermal power plant in Tapanuli, North Sumatra, started commercial operation this week, moving Indonesia a step closer to become the second largest geothermal producer in the world by the end of this year. The new unit increases the plant’s total capacity to 220 megawatts. Eventually, the plant… Read more »

Equis Commissions 13.8MW solar project in Aomori Prefecture, Japan

Posted on October 11, 2017. Asian News.

Author: Tom Kenning Source: Singapore-based renewable energy firm Equis Energy has commissioned a 13.8MW solar project at Noheji town in Aomori Prefecture, Japan. Equis already owns 40 projects comprising 900MW in Japan and has a further 1.3GW under development. Adam Ballin, Equis representative director, said: “Japan’s commitment to renewable energy has broad popular support… Read more »

Scatec Solar closes financing for 197 MW in Malaysia

Posted on October 10, 2017. Asian News.

Author: Robin Whitlock Source: Scatec Solar ASA (SSO) and partners have achieved financial close for three solar PV power plants in Malaysia totaling 197 MW. The three power plants are located in Merchang in the north-east, Jasin in the south and Gurun in the north-west of Peninsular Malaysia and cover more than 180 acres each…. Read more »