February 14, 2014
The State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) reckons it will deliver about 50 Gigawatt-hours (GWh) of electricity this year from the remote regions of Northwest China to the country’s center via its new 2,210-km Southern Hami-Zhengzhou ultra high-voltage power transmission line, which became operational at the end of January.
February 07, 2014
India’s central government has a long-term plan to upgrade the country’s 26 million electric groundwater pumps, often powered by diesel generators, for more efficient solar-powered models.
February 04, 2014
Japanese telecoms conglomerate Softbank Corp announced on Friday that it is moving into the commercial power retail market in order to sell electricity from its renewable wind and solar subsidiaries.
China Solar Boom
January 24, 2014
China’s solar power developers installed a record 12-GW of photovoltaic (PV) projects in 2013, and a booming market at the very end of the year may even have pushed installations up to 14-GW according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). No country has ever added more than 8-GW of solar power in a single year prior to 2013, and China’s record outstripped even the most optimistic forecasts of 12 months ago.
December 11, 2013
Concerned about missing its target of connecting 5-GW of solar to its grid this year by up to 2-GW, the Chinese government has advised power companies to take up all excess solar energy in their respective coverage areas or be penalized.
December 03, 2013
Okinawa Electric Power says it will build a large battery storage system to manage the growing excess capacity being produced by solar energy plants on the southern Japanese island.
Japan Fukushima
November 15, 2013
Bowing to the inevitable, Japan has announced a much reduced carbon emissions target for 2020. The decision to aim for a 3.8 percent cut in emission below 2005 levels was announced in Tokyo Friday morning by Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga.
November 14, 2013
Japan is starting its most ambitious reform of its electricity sector since 1951, which could result in the break-up of the country’s powerful regional monopolies.
ADB Asia Pac Energy eport
October 16, 2013
Cross-border power exchanges can play a central role in helping Asia and the Pacific meet its booming demand for power, which is set to sharply outpace the rest of the world over the next two decades, says a comprehensive new report from the Asian Development Bank (ADB). “Our projections show the region will consume more than half the world’s energy supply by 2035, with electricity consumption more than doubling as economic growth and rising affluence drive demand,” said S. Chander, Special Senior Advisor, Infrastructure and Public-Private Partnerships at ADB.
October 11, 2013
India and Germany are planning to invest USD6.9 billion into building the green energy corridors – a series of wind and solar farms in Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu which aim to add 30-GW of capacity to the national grid by 2020.
October 09, 2013
The government of India may force the country’s power utilities to buy a fixed amount of hydro power to reduce the amount of coal they burn, improve the country’s energy security and, most of all, prop up its struggling hydro industry.
October 04, 2013
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved USD700 million in loans to support the Indian government’s efforts to accelerate investment in the country’s infrastructure which is urgently needed to ensure strong economic growth.
October 02, 2013
Only 14 percent of the solar projects approved under a Japanese incentive program for clean energy were generating power by May due to land and grid constraints.
Sumitomo Electric's Redox Flow grid battery system
September 27, 2013
A Japanese project to build the world’s largest storage battery system in Hokkaido this autumn underlines the country’s urgent need to restructure the electricity generating industry and invest in its national power distribution grid. As has been extensively covered in CleanBiz.Asia, Japan’s generous post-Fukushima feed-in tariff (FiT) scheme for renewable energy has simulated a massive boom in solar photovoltaic power plant construction in the last 15 months. The country recently passed the 10-GW mark in installed solar PV capacity and, according to some, will end up being the world’s biggest solar market in 2013.
September 02, 2013
In an effort to reduce the strain on the national grid, China is introducing a solar subsidy for plants that have a close geographical market. A statement from the National Development and Reform Commission said it would add a subsidy of CNY0.42 (USD0.07) per kWh.
August 30, 2013
Power grids in southern Japan are close to capacity for solar and wind projects as the country pushes to add stations that derive power from clean energy, according to a Bloomberg report.
August 28, 2013
India says it has accumulated USD7.9 billion to create a 'green energy corridor'. It first announced the concept in April when Germany offered a EUR1 billion (USD1.3 billion) soft loan.
August 28, 2013
Malaysia is due to release quotas for domestic photovoltaic operations that will be eligible for its feed-in tariff. Between August 28th and September 11th, three batches of quotas totalling I.5-GW will be available under the Solar Home Rooftop Program, says Sustainable Energy Development Authority Malaysia (Seda Malaysia).
August 21, 2013
Sarawak Energy Bhd (SEB) is set to award several power contracts worth a combined MYR1 billion (USD303.5 million) soon, as it gets ready to power up the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy.
August 13, 2013
New technologies, including capacitor battery technology, lithium titanate oxide, nickel-iron, and solar thermal, are swelling the pipeline of advanced energy storage projects. At the same time, new variants on older technologies, such as power-to-gas, are also coming online. These developments define an industry that is dynamic, if still not mature.