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  • Japan estimated to have installed over 8GW in 2014, says RTS PV
    Jan 13, 2014 - Andy Colthorpe - pv-tech.org

    Japan is thought to have installed over 8GW of new photovoltaic (PV) generation capacity during 2014, according to analysis and research firm RTS PV.

  • Japan Installs 11 GW of Renewable Energy in Two Years
    Sep 29, 2014 - Chisaki Watanabe - renewableenergyworld.com

    Tokyo -- Japan has added 11,090 megawatts of clean energy capacity since July 2012, when it began an incentive program to encourage investment in renewables, according to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

  • Planned 50MW Israel project could send power to Jordan
    Sep 8, 2014 - John Parnell - pv-tech.org

    The Eilat Eilot Renewable Energy Initiative (EEREI) has opened the tendering process for a 50MW PV project in Israel that could also rovide power to neighbouring Jordan.

  • 4 Lessons Pakistan’s Off-Grid Solar Market Can Teach the World
    Jun 20, 2014 - Justin Guay and Vrinda Manglik - greentechmedia.com

    When it comes to the off-grid solar market, the South Asian countries you normally hear about are India and Bangladesh. One is home to the largest potential market in the world, the other is home to the world's most successful and booming market to date.

  • SUSTAINABLE ENERGY HUB FOR ASIA LAUNCHED
    Jun 18, 2014 - TERESA CEROJANO - bigstory.ap.org

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Asian Development Bank and two U.N. agencies launched a hub Wednesday to mobilize investments and innovation to bring clean energy to the Asia Pacific region, where more than 600 million people lack electricity and 1.8 billion use firewood and charcoal at home.

  • Conergy connects Philippines’first utility-scale solar park
    May 15, 2014 - renewableenergyfocus.com

    22 MW solar plant will generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of 13,000 local homes per year.

  • Why Green Jobs Are Booming in Bangladesh
    May 14, 2014 - Todd Woody - theatlantic.com

    Bangladesh is known for its apparel manufacturing industry—and for the conditions faced by garment workers toiling in Dickensian factories for a dollar a day. But according to a report released Sunday, the South Asian nation has become a top hot spot for renewable energy jobs, creating a green workforce as large as Spain’s in 2013.

  • Climate Change, Asia and Renewable Energy Infrastructure Investment
    May 14, 2014 - Steward Taggart, Grenatec - renewableenergyworld.com

    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns the world must triple its use of renewable energy AND develop nuclear power to avoid the worst ravages of climate change. OK. But what’s the optimal percentage of each to develop?

  • Hokkaido Is the New Solar Capital of Japan
    May 1, 2014 - Junko Movellan - renewableenergyworld.com

    San Diego, Calif. — While not the warmest or sunniest part of Japan, Hokkaido will become the largest “mega-solar” market in Japan according to the latest data published by the nation's Ministry of Energy, Trade and Industry (METI).

  • Japan's largest PV plant powers up
    Apr 23, 2014 - Ben Willis - pv-tech.org

    Commercial operations have begun on Japan’s largest utility-scale PV plant to date.

  • Hydroelectric Projects, Dams Could Be Win-Win for Pakistan
    Apr 9, 2014 - Michael Harris, Online Editor - HydroWorld.com 

    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan Pakistan's hydroelectric power operators could be significantly vulnerable to climate change given the country's significant lack of water storage capacity, according to a report published by the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

  • Renewable Energy Powers Rural Nepal Into the Future
    Mar 12, 2014 - Mamata Pokharel, the World Bank - renewableenergyworld.com

    Reaching Darbang in Myagdi district is an ordeal. The rough roads leading from the district capital of Beni are impassable during the rains, requiring you to wade through rivers and perform balancing acts across landslides to get there. So it’s surprising that once you reach there, what greets you is not a sleepy rural village, but a bustling center of economic activity.

  • Vietnam sets development of renewable energy top priority: experts
    Feb 17, 2014 - Xinhua - china.org.cn

    Vietnam considers the development of renewable energy a top priority in its national climate change strategy as the country's energy demands increase, according to experts from the National Energy Institute of Vietnam.

  • Nearly 50 pct of Cambodian households have access to electricity as of 2013
    Feb 10, 2014 - Xinhua - china.org.cn

    The electricity supply in Cambodia has covered about 2.26 million houses or nearly 50 percent of the whole population as of last year, Ty Norin, chairman of the Electricity Authority of Cambodia, said Monday.

  • Vietnam inaugurates SEA's longest undersea cable system
    Feb 6, 2014 - shanghaidaily.com

    HO CHI MINH CITY, Feb. 6 (Xinhua) -- The 110-KV Ha Tien-Phu Quoc undersea cable system was inaugurated on Thursday, which connects the island in southern Kien Giang province to the national electricity grid, local media reported.

  • Lockheed Martin, Victorian Wave Partners collaborate on massive tidal wave energy project
    Feb 18, 2014 - renewableenergyfocus.com

    62.5 MW peak power wave energy generation project, to be built off the coast of Victoria, Australia, will utilise the PowerBuoy® wave energy converter technology from Ocean Power Technologies.

  • First cross-border power interconnection between Bangladesh, India gets completed
    Feb 13, 2014 - asian-power.com

    According to a release, in March 2011 the Power Grid Company of Bangladesh Ltd. (PGCB) awarded Siemens the contract to connect the power supply networks between Bangladesh and India with a state-of-the-art 500 megawatt (MW) back-to-back high-voltage direct current (HVDC) system.

  • Storage system powered by used Nissan batteries installed at Japanese solar farm
    Feb 7, 2014 - Andy Colthorpe - pv-tech.org

    A large-scale storage system made by reusing electric vehicle batteries has been developed and deployed at a 10MW solar farm in south western Japan by Sumitomo Corporation.

  • IN DEPTH: Asian grid gains backers
    Jan 28, 2014 - Brian Publicover - rechargenews.com

    Political and business leaders this week backed plans by Japanese telecoms magnate Masayoshi Son to connect the countries of Northeast Asia via a regional electricity grid.

  • Renewable energy to fill Galapagos electricity demand
    Jan 8, 2014 - japantimes.co.jp

    PUERTO AYORA, ECUADOR - Japan and South Korea are helping Ecuador meet the electricity needs of the country’s nature-rich Galapagos Islands with power to be generated from renewable energy sources.

  • Israel's Knesset aims to be greenest in the world
    Jan 1, 2014 - Jonathan Lis - haaretz.com

    Unprecedented 2 million dollar plan to minimize compound's ecological footprint includes a solar panel field to generate its own electricity; expected to save an average of $430,000 per year.

  • Feature: Power theft triggers frequent blackout in Nepal
    Dec 4, 2013 - English.news.cn - xinhuanet.com

    KATHMANDU, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- Nearly 17 million people, or 60 percent of Nepal's total population, live without electricity.

  • India and Bangladesh sign pact for renewables cooperation
    Nov 29, 2013 - Lucy Woods - www.pv-tech.org

    India and Bangladesh have announced a cooperative effort on renewable energy as part of continuing work on inter-country relations.

  • Tasmania aims for 100 pc renewable energy use in seven years
    Nov 26, 2013 - Lucy Shannon - abc.net.au

    The Tasmanian Government has released a climate change strategy aimed at 100 percent renewable power usage by 2020.

  • Japan hits 3.9GW of PV installations since FiT introduction
    Nov 19, 2013 - Andy Colthorpe - pv-tech.org

    The Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has announced that around 3.9GW of solar power generation capacity has been installed in Japan since July 2012, when the country introduced feed-in tariffs (FiTs) for renewable energy.

  • Japan's Solar Market Surge Blows Away Earlier Forecasts
    Nov 7, 2013 - Herman K. Trabish - greentechmedia.com

    The newly projected 350 percent growth of Japan's solar market from 2012 to 2013 dwarfs estimates made earlier this year.

  • KYOCERA Starts Operation of 70MW Solar Power Plant, the Largest in Japan
    Nov 5, 2013 - Yahoo.com

    KYOTO, Japan--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kyocera Corporation (KYO)(TOKYO:6971) today announced the launch of a 70 megawatt (MW) solar power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture, southern Japan. The Kagoshima Nanatsujima Mega Solar Power Plant went online on November 1 and is being operated by a special purpose company established by Kyocera and six other companies to sell the electricity to a local utility under Japan’s feed-in-tariff (FIT) program. An inauguration ceremony was held on November 4, with the attendance of company representatives and local governments to commemorate the launch of the country’s largest utility-scale solar power plant*.

  • Solar turns tide against fossil fuels in Southeast Asia
    Oct, 2013 - solarbusinessfocus.com

    Led by Thailand, Southeast Asia has become a key solar region. With regulation improving and the cost of financing decreasing, Edward Douglas says solar power will continue to grow and become a significant energy provider over the coming decade

  • Kuwait’s first solar park to be built for US$3.27 billion
    Sep 23, 2013 - Andy Colthorpe - pv-tech.org

    A contract has been signed for the first solar power plant to be built in the Gulf state of Kuwait, a 280MW solar thermal power plant in Al-Abdaliya.

  • Saudi Arabia, Egypt sign 1.59-bln-USD MoU on electrical grid project
    Jun 6, 2013 - English.news.cn - xinhuanet.com

    Saudi Arabia and Egypt signed Saturday a 1.59-billion-U.S. dollar Memorandum of Understanding ( MoU) on electrical interconnection and exchange of electric power between the two countries, according to Saudi Press Agency.

  • Armenia Prepares Renewable Roadmap Amid Energy Crisis
    Jul 3, 2013 - Areg Gharabegian, International Correspondent - renewableenergyworld.com

    Armenia does not have fossil fuel or coal reserves — it is entirely dependent on imported fuel for transportation, electricity generation, and heat production. Armenia has overcome the energy crisis of the 90’s and has built a viable energy system. However, compared to the year 1988, which was the peak of economic output of the Republic of Armenia, energy consumption lags far behind.

  • Vietnam expands rural electricity
    Published: Feb 9, 2013 - Upi.com

    HANOI, Vietnam, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Ninety-six percent of all homes in Vietnam now have electricity, government officials said, noting the country is turning away from coal to renewable energy.

  • Electricity Council meeting at Arab League
    May 1, 2013 - Lamia Nabil - dailynewsegypt.com

    The Arab Ministerial Council for Electricity’s 10th Annual Session was held, Tuesday, at the Headquarters of the Arab League in Cairo.

  • Nepal turns to renewable energy
    Apr 5, 2013 - KATHMANDU, IRINNEWS.ORG

    Nepal’s recently adopted policy of subsidizing renewable energy is the latest of many attempts to electrify long-deprived areas, but much more is needed, say experts

  • Japan green-lights 400MW island PV project
    Apr 3, 2013 - Julia Chan - pv-tech.org

    Plans for a 400MW PV project on a remote Japanese island have been approved, according to various media reports.

  • Report: Japan to be 2013 largest global market
    By Nilima Choudhury - Jun 5, 2013 - www.pv-tech.org

    Japan is set to overtake China and Germany with installations to reach between 6.9GW and 9.4GW this year.

  • Saudi Arabia Starts Survey Assessing Renewable Energy Potential
    Jul 02, 2013 - Wael Mahdi, Bloomberg - renewableenergyworld.co

    Saudi Arabia started a program to assess its potential for generating renewable energy, part of an effort to lure $109 billion for building a solar industry that will free up more of its crude oil for export.

  • Azerbaijan Aims to Boost Output of Renewable Energy
    Aug 01, 2013 - Vladislav Vorotnikov, International Correspondent - renewableenergyworld.com

    By 2020 the Azerbaijan government plans to increase its share of renewable energy sources to 9.7 percent of its total energy consumption, which is three times higher than today's rates. This goal is part of its recently approved plan “National Strategy for the Development of Alternative and Renewable Energy Sources in 2012-2020.”

  • Kuwait drafting renewable energy plan for 2030
    Apr 2, 2013 - By Bea Gonzalez - PV-insider.com

    The Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) has confirmed that a strategy to utilise renewables is underway, with solar on the agenda.

  • Solar power taking off in a big way across Japan
    May 06, 2013 - TORU NAKAGAWA - The Asahi Shimbun

    One-third of all prefectural governments in Japan are either planning or building mega-solar power plants, each capable of generating more than 1,000 kilowatts (equal to 1 megawatt) of electricity.

  • World's longest UHV power line operational in China
    Dec 12, 2012 - Xinhua - peopledaily.com

    The State Grid Corp. of China (SGCC), the country's biggest power supplier, said China is setting records by putting an ultra-high voltage (UHV) oiwer transmission line into commercial operation on Wednesday.

  • Mega solar power plants may be excessively concentrated in Hokkaido.
    Dec 7,2012 - thefreelibrary.com

    TOKYO, Dec. 7 Kyodo
    Japan has seen a rapid increase in solar power generation facilities since the introduction five months ago of incentives to invest in clean energy, but the northernmost prefecture Hokkaido faces an excess of massive-scale solar plants, industry minister Yukio Edano said Friday.


  • Kyocera's 70MW PV power plant to cost US$345 million
    Jul 31, 2012 - Mark Osborne - pv-tech.org

    Japan's largest single utility-scale solar power plant, using 290,000 multicrystalline solar modules supplied by Kyocera is expected to cost in the region of US$345 million or approximately ¥27 billion when complet by autumn 2013. With project finance now in place, construction of the plant in Kagoshima City, on land owned by IHI Corporation, will start in September. The plant was initially announced in April 2012.

  • Renewable energy can solve Afghanistan's power scarcity problem - study
    Jul 19, 2012 - ecoseed.org

    Renewable energy will help in Afghanistan's energy scarcity problem according to a study by a researcher from Kansas State University.

  • JBIC extends credit line for ICICI Bank of India
    Jul 4, 2012 - Anne Zimmermann - pv-tech.org

    The Japanese Bank for International Cooporation (JBIC) has signed a general agreement with ICICI Bank (Bank of India) for an export credit line of up to US$30 million to fund a variety of renewable energy projects, it has been announced. Other private Japanese institutions will also co-finance the loan, adding another US$50 million to the credit line, making the credit a total of US$80 million.

  • Japan publishes strategic energy road map
    Jul 3, 2012 - Nilima Choudhury - pv-tech.org

    Japan has published its latest strategic energy plan, originally formulated in 2003 and reviewed every three years by conference bodies as well as various opinion polls. The latest revision includes a road map of energy-based economic growth and reformation of the energy infrastructure. The strategy is to ensure growth and encourage multi-faceted international trade by taking into account the social cost and price differences between nuclear, thermal and renewable energy generation.

  • First the iPhone. Now Renewables.
    Jun 19, 2012 - Mitsuru Obe - wsj.com

    TOKYO—When Masayoshi Son heard about the nuclear meltdowns in Fukushima last year, he had a mini meltdown of his own.

  • Japan approves renewable subsidies in shift from nuclear power
    Jun 18, 2012 - Yuko Inoue and Leonora Walet - reuters.com

    Japan approved on Monday incentives for renewable energy that could unleash billions of dollars in clean-energy investment and help the world's third-biggest economy shift away from a reliance on nuclear power after the Fukushima disaster.

  • Suntech proposes 100MW of solar projects in Pakistan
    Jun 7, 2012 - Nilima Choudhury - pv-tech.org

    Pakistan’s slow economic growth and energy shortage could be coming to an end if proposals from Suntech to establish 100MW in the country are realized. Speaking at a meeting attended by Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, Minister for Water and Power, Naveed Qamar, secretaries of the ministries of EAD, Water and Power, chairman NEPRA, CEO AEDB, Pakistan’s ambassador to China and senior officials of relevant ministries, Dr Shi Zhengrong, chairman of Suntech, announced plans for the phased installation of plants with a generating capacity of 20MW each.

  • India, Pakistan keen to open up borders for trade
    Mar 21, 2012 - thehindu.com

    Joint Working Groups on electricity, petroleum and banking scheduled to meet this month.

  • Asia Report: After Quake Japan Pushes for Asia Supergrid
    March 12, 2012 - Renewable Energy World Editors - renewableenergyworld.com

    New Hampshire, USA -- Japan this week marks the one year anniversary of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that has since forced it to re-evaluate its nuclear strategy. In doing so, it also unveiled a plan that could have big implications for renewable energy across the continent.

  • Landmark power line ends Tibet plateau's blackouts
    Mar 8, 2012 - news.xinhuanet.com

    Residents on China's Qinghai-Tibet Plateau have bid farewell to winter blackouts, once a common occurrence in Tibet, thanks to a new power line.

  • Bangladesh to buy 500 MW of electricity from India
    Mar 7, 2012 - in.reuters.com

    Bangladesh has signed a deal to buy 250 megawatts of electricity from India to partly ease power shortages, as Dhaka slowly moves away from producing power using costly imported fuel, a senior official said on Tuesday.

  • Desertec Ambitions Turn to Asia, Australia
    Mar 7, 2012 - Sonal Patel - powermag.com

    The ambitious Desertec project - a $9 billion initiative to develop, harness, and transmit 2,000 MW of renewable power from North Africa and the Middle East to Europe by 2050 - has been trumped by a vaster concept that spans Asia and Australia (Figure 8).

  • South Asian countries to work on power links
    Nov 28, 2011 - dailytimes.com.pk

    Bangladesh’s PM Sheikh Hasina says SAARC members committed to solve electricity shortages. Dhaka says framework will be finalised by October this year.

  • Bangladesh and India shaping South Asia Power Grid
    Nov 17, 2011 - steelguru.com

    bdnews24.com reported that Bangladesh and India are working together to draw the contours of the proposed South Asia Power Grid, even as the two countries are set to strengthen bilateral cooperation in the energy sector during Indian prime minister Mr Manmohan Singh's visit to Bangladesh on Sep 6 to 7.

  • Security group stumbles forward
    Nov. 11, 2011 - Robert M Cutler - atimes.com

    MONTREAL - The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in St Petersburg this week concluded with only a little progress in advancing a key infrastructure development project for Afghanistan - a US$2 billion electricity transmission project - and even less on expanding the group through the upgrading of four observer states to full membership.

  • To Build a Better Grid
    Nov 4, 2011 - Mark McDonald - nytimes.com

    JEJU, SOUTH KOREA — Lim Ki-choo has lived most of his life in a modest stucco house on Jeju, this pleasant freckle of an island off the southern tip of South Korea. He was a village leader in days gone by, and before that he ran a bank for local fishermen. All of which suggests that Mr. Lim, 84, has a certain standing here. Yet, he says, he’ll be damned if he can figure out how to work the controller the electric company gave him that runs all the new gizmos in his house.

  • Tajikistan to Export Electricity to Afghanistan
    Nov 3, 2011 - Charles Kennedy - oilprice.com

    According to Tajik first deputy minister of energy and industry Pulod Muhiddinov, next month Tajikistan will begin exporting electricity to Afghanistan via the Sangtuda-Pol-e Khomri 220-kilovolt electricity transmission line.

  • Son launches Japan renewables push with Asia 'supergrid' call
    Oct 5, 2011 - rechargenews.com

    Launching the Japan Renewable Energy Foundation (JREF), Masayoshi Son, Softbank’s founder and chief executive, claimed the country could shift 60% of its power production to renewables over the next two decades with the help of a ¥2 trillion national onshore and offshore transmission network.

  • Mitsui to build huge solar power plants in disaster areas
    Sept. 30, 2011 - yomiuri.co.jp

    Trading company giant Mitsui & Co. plans to build huge solar power plants in the Tohoku region to help the region recover from the March 11 disaster by easing its power shortages, it was learned Wednesday.

  • Indonesia to boost renewable energy supply
    Sept. 28, 2011 - navigat.com

    JAKARTA, (Xinhua) -- Indonesia has made a master plan for development of renewable energy resources as the country seeks to gradually reduce reliance on fossil fuels, an official said on Wednesday.

  • India Expects $6.5 billion to be Invested in Renewable Energy
    Sep 27, 2011 - Rakesh Sharma - wsj.com

    NEW DELHI -- India expects investments of 300 billion rupees ($6.5 billion) in renewable energy projects in the current financial year, the minister for renewable energy said Friday.

  • Pakistan Offers Renewable-Energy Incentives to Tackle Shortages
    Sep 27, 2011 - Haris Anwar - bloomberg.com

    Pakistan will announce its first tariff policy for clean-energy producers next month, offering premium payment rates as it seeks to attract investors to help overcome power shortfalls.

  • Mitsui, Toshiba join forces to build 50MW PV plant in Japan
    Sep 21, 2011 - Chris Whitmore - pv-tech.org

    Mitsui and Toshiba are joining forces to build Japan’s largest PV system, according to financial newspaper Nikkei. With a capacity of 50MW, the plant will be considerably bigger than any other in Japan and cover 800,000m2 of Mitsui-owned land in the Aichi Prefecture.

  • Japan's renewables bill clears first hurdle in parliament
    Sept. 20, 2011 - Chris Whitmore - pv-tech.org

    The lower house of Japan's parliament has passed a new green bill aimed at promoting investment in solar and other renewable energy sources and weaning the country off nuclear power.

  • Bosch to build €520 million integrated solar module manufacturing plant in Malaysia
    Sept. 20, 2011 - Mark Osborne - pv-tech.org

    Cited as one of its largest single investments in manufacturing facilities in the long history of the company, Bosch is planning to invest over €520 million in a new fully-integrated solar module manufacturing plant in Batu Kawan, Penang, Malaysia. Construction is expected to start by the end of 2011 with production scheduled to have begun by the end of 2013. When fully ramped in 2014, capacity is expected to reach a combined 640MW. The company noted that it still expects sales to pass the €1 billion level this year.

  • ADB plans to lend $1.5b to ratchet up connectivity, energy co-op in S Asia
    Sep 12, 2011 - Nazmul Ahsan - thefinancialexpress-bd.com

    The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is planning to lend $1.5 billion to improve cross-border connectivity and increase energy cooperation among five South Asian countries -- Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan over a period of three years (2012-2014).

  • Solar power boost to National Grid
    Sep 12, 2011 - Chamikara Weerasinghe - dailynews.lk

    Power and Energy Minister Champika Ranawaka yesterday said they have arranged to introduce the first main grid connected solar power plant in the Hambantota District.

  • South Korea's green energy exports top $4.5 bln in 2010
    Sep 8, 2011 - yonhapnews.co.kr

    SEOUL, Aug. 8 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's clean, renewable energy sector has grown significantly over the last three years with both its sales and exports jumping roughly seven fold, the government said Monday.

  • Bangledesh (BERC) urged to build inter-country energy cooperation
    Sep 8, 2011 - thefinancialexpress-bd.com

    Prime Minister's Energy Adviser Dr Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury Monday urged the country's energy regulator to build inter-country cooperation with the regulators of the neighbours.

  • Solarbuzz report expects Asia-Pacific PV markets to account for 25% of global demand by 2015
    Sep 8, 2011 - Syanne Olson - pv-tech.org

    In the new "Asia Pacific Major PV Markets" published by Solarbuzz, the expectation has been set for the Asia-Pacific solar markets to experience significant growth over the next four years. According to Solarbuzz, this market segment is anticipated to make up 25% of global PV demand by 2015, compared to the 11% it represented in 2010. The top five markets, China, Japan, India Australia and South Korea, will more than likely account for 3.3GW of demand in 2011 alone, with China and Japan leading the region. Growth, in terms of customer segments is anticipated to be guided by utilities, which Solarbuzz speculates will become the largest customer segment as the Asia-Pacific markets leave the prevailing residential installation model.

  • South Asia’s energy quest could reshape region
    Jul 14, 2011 - Rama Lakshmi - washingtonpost.com

    New Delhi — India and its Himalayan neighbor Nepal are set to build a massive power transmission line across their border, a step toward addressing rising energy needs in a region that analysts say has been held back economically by political distrust.

  • Coming Clean about Nuclear Power
    Jun 29, 2011 - scientificamerican.com

    Regulators and industry have one precious moment to recapture the public's trust

  • Japanese Billionaire Touted to Kick-Start Solar Power Plants In Tsunami-Hit Areas
    Jun 22, 2011 - Mark Osborne - pv-tech.org

    Japan's richest man, Masayoshi Son, the CEO of Japanese telecom company, Softbank, wants to kick-start large solar power plants in tsunami-hit areas of eastern Japan, according to reports. Said to be an advocate of shifting Japan away from nuclear energy towards greater dependence on renewable forms of energy, Son wants to provide approximately 10% of the funding for 10 projects, supported by local governments and banks.

  • Asia Wind Market Takes Flight
    Jun 15, 2011 - Stephanie Aldock - renewableenergyworld.com

    London, UK-- The Asia-Pacific region currently leads the global market in annual wind capacity installations and will account for at least 45 percent of total megawatts added globally through to 2025. In recent years, exponential growth in regional wind power demand, coupled with improving state and local incentives, has encouraged local original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to scale up their sales strategies.

  • Mongolia allows import of electricity from China
    Jun 10, 2011 - Xinhua - energycentral.com

    The Mongolian government has permitted the company that invests in Mongolia's Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold mining project to build an electricity line to import electricity from China, local media reported Wednesday.

  • Japan contemplates making solar compulsory on all new builds
    June 8, 2011 - Chris Whitmore - pv-tech.org

    The Japanese Government is contemplating making it compulsory for all new buildings to be fitted with solar panels by 2030, according to financial newspaper Nikkei. The proposed legislation illustrates Japan’s desire to promote the use of renewable energy and is expected to be unveiled at the upcoming G8 summit in Deauville, France.

  • After quake, Japan ends bid to boost nuclear power
    June 4, 2011 - Mari Yamaguchi - Associated Press - sfgate.com

    Japan will scrap a plan to obtain half of its electricity from nuclear power and will instead promote renewable energy and conservation as a result of its ongoing nuclear crisis, the prime minister said Tuesday.

  • Q-Cells enters Japanese residential solar market
    May 21, 2011 - Chris Whitmore - pv-tech.org

    Q-Cells is set to become the first German firm to enter into the Japanese solar residential sector and is establishing a sales network of selected local installers, Q-Cells Meister Club (QMC), to help smooth its market entry.

  • Malaysia Adopts Sophisticated System of Feed-in Tariffs
    May 15, 2011 - Paul Gipe - wind-works.org

    Joining several other Asian countries, Malaysia's parliament has approved a sophisticated system of feed-in tariffs to develop its renewable energy resources.

  • Tibet to become China's leading solar power base
    May 15, 2011 - Xinhua - energycentral.com

    Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous