Southeast Asia solar
November 05, 2012
Total cumulative (PV) installations in Southeast Asia are forecast to reach almost 5-GW by 2016, according to the latest report from IMS Research and, perhaps more illuminating, is that Indonesia is predicted to become the fastest-growing market in the region, overtaking Thailand as it installs close to 1-GW of new capacity. The report, which analyses the PV markets in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore and Philippines, reveals that the region will grow at 50 percent per year on average over the next five years. Installations have previously been dominated by Thailand, however, other regions are also forecast to quickly and account for significant share of the market.
A Thai biofuel company, Energy Absolute, is moving into solar power and financing it with an initial public offering (IPO). Energy Absolute said it will issue 560 million shares to fund a 90-MW solar project.
Illegal ivory seized in Hong Kong
October 23, 2012
Hong Kong's seizure of nearly four tonnes of smuggled ivory, worth about USD3.4 million, highlights once again China's significant role in the global trade of endangered species. According to Hong Kong's customs officials, they made their biggest ever haul of endangered species product following a tip-off from mainland Chinese police. While the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Crime scorecard says China is making some progress in key aspects of compliance and enforcement of rhino and tiger trade, it is flagged for failing on key aspects of compliance or enforcement for the illegal trade in elephant products, primarily ivory.
Thailand's academics have criticized the government's lack of environmental strategy and called for nuclear power to be seriously considered.
Southeast Asia’s largest solar plant, a 44-MW project called “Sunny Bangchak”, has been connected to Thailand’s grid, the project partners announced yesterday.
Thailand's Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency has gained an undertaking from the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to support its clean energy development.
China’s Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology has penetrated the Southeast Asia market for the first time with the sale of three GW109/2500 low wind-speed series turbines to Thailand's Electricity Generating Pcl (EGCO), an independent power producer.
Thailand is considering its own version of a feed-in tariff (FiT) for domestic and commercial buildings producing power from solar panels. A move towards this will likely be at the expense of existing, but unused, solar farm licenses.
Korea Midland Power has signed deal to build a solar farm in Thailand with a Thai consortium for an eight-MW solar power plant.
Mekong Delta rice farmer
August 29, 2012
A somewhat contrarian piece of research suggests agriculture in Asia could benefit from climate change. Following numerous doom-laden reports on the effects of extreme weather conditions on populations and economies in the region, scientists from the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) have predicted increased rainfall and temperature due to climate change could bring benefits to south-east Asian agriculture. This contradicts the more common expectations that a warmer planet will reduce agricultural productivity in the region.