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

    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 -

    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 -

    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 -

    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.

    Jun 18, 2014 - TERESA CEROJANO -

    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 -

    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 -

    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 -

    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 -

    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 -

    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 - 

    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 -

    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 -

    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 -

    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 -

    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 -

    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 -

    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 -

    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 -

    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 -

    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 -

    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 - -

    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 -

    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 -

    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 -

    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 -

    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 -

    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 -

    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 -

    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 - -

    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 -

    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 -

    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 -

    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

    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 -

    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 -

    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 -

    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 -

    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 -

    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 -

    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 -

    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 -

    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 -

    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 -

    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 -

    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 -

    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 -

    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 -

    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 -

    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 -

    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 -

    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 -

    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 -

    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 -

    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 - 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 -

    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 -

    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 -

    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 -

    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 -

    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 -

    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 -

    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 -

    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 -

    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 -

    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 -

    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 -

    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 -

    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 -

    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 -

    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 -

    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 -

    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 -

    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 -

    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 -

    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 -

    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 -

    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 -

    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 -

    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 -

    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 -

    Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region is poised to become the country's leading solar power generation base with 10 more photovoltaic power plants to be completed within this year.

  • Goldwind: Will Wind Be China’s Next Big Export to the US?
    May 11, 2011 -

    The U.S. CEO of the Chinese giant says he’s building jobs here, too.

  • China grids to connect 90 mln kilowatts of wind power by 2015
    May 11, 2011 -

    China's electrical grids will connect 90 million kilowatts of wind power capacity by 2015, said China's largest power grid company on Friday.

  • Hanwha spends US$955 million on polysilicon plant in South Korea
    May 04, 2011 - Chris Whitmore -

    Hanwha Chemical is planning to spend KRW1.04 trillion (US$955 million) on a new polysilicon plant to help double sales over the next five years, reports Bloomberg. When construction is completed in July 2013, the Yeosu plant will have the capacity to produce 10,000 metric tonnes of polysilicon a year.

  • Indonesia puts renewable energy ahead of nuclear option
    Apr 27, 2011 -

    The Indonesian government would maximize the use of new and renewable energy, especially geothermal, hydro-energy and bio fuels, before deciding to use nuclear energy, a paper said here on Wednesday.

  • What Feed-in Tariffs Could Do for Japan's Electricity Shortage
    April 19, 2011 - Paul Gipe -

    What Japan Could Do if It Followed Germany's Lead on Renewable Energy - Within one Decade Japan Could Halve its Dependence on Nuclear Power

  • China adopts 5-year blueprint, aiming for fairer, greener growth
    Mar 16, 2011 -

    Chinese lawmakers overwhelmingly adopted a national plan to steer the world's second largest economy into a path of fairer and greener growth in the next five years.

  • The state of Japan's power grid
    Mar 16, 2011 -

    Japan's electrical capacity is third in the world behind the United States and China, but damage and precautionary shutdowns from Friday’s earthquake and tsunami are straining its ability to meet demand. The Tokyo Electric Power Co., which provides more than a quarter of Japan’s power, is generating about 75 percent of its peak weekday demand.

  • Indonesia to build first wind farm in West Java
    Mar 12, 2011 - Asia Pulse Data Source -

    JAKARTA, An Indonesian senior official said that a local energy firm, Viron Energy, plans to build the country 's first large-scale wind power plant in Sukabumi, West Java, this year, with a total capacity of 30 megawatts, local media reported on Tuesday.

  • Taiwan Initiates Energy Transition
    Mar 05, 2011 - Andrew Lee -

    London, UK -- Taiwan is set to blaze a trail in renewables development with its major policy initiatives that are designed to at last exploit the country's extensive renewable resources.

  • Chinese cities are 'worst' in terms of CO2 emission
    Feb 27, 2011 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News -

    Chinese cities have the highest carbon emissions per capita and energy consumption per unit of GDP in Asia, while Singapore is the region's greenest metropolis, a study released by the German engineering company Siemens and the Economist Intelligence Unit has showed.

  • Asia leads global wind power growth
    Feb 26, 2011 -

    Asia leads the growth in global wind power, which grew 35.8 GW in 2010 bringing total global capacity to 194.4 GW – up 22.5% from 2009, the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) says.

  • India to become renewable energy powerhouse
    Feb 23, 2011 -

    India could become a renewable energy powerhouse due to its need for alternative energy sources, international pressure and strong Government support, according to Datamonitor.

    Thailand: 4,300 MW of Renewables with Feed-in Tariffs
    Dec 07, 2010 - Paul Gipe -

    Since the introduction of its small power program in 2006, Thailand has signed contracts to develop 4,300 MW of renewable generation. Nearly half of the contracts--1,800 MW--are for solar energy alone.

  • A Pan-Asian Energy Infrastructure To Solve Climate Change
    Nov 03, 2010 - Global Green Grid

    Imagine a Pan-Asian Energy Infrastructure stretching from China to Australia. The system would distribute solar, geothermal, wind and wave energy. Natural gas and hydro could provide 'load-balancing.' Coal-fired power would be used for contingencies.

  • South Korea approves new rules to promote renewable energy
    Oct 18, 2010 - BBC Monitoring

    South Korea will soon introduce revised rules that will require most electric power service providers here to begin replacing an increasing part of their supplies with power generated from renewable energy sources, the government said Sunday.

  • Thailand's Solar Lessons for the World
    Oct. 12, 2010 - Renewable Energy World - David Lonardo

    Thailand offers a valuable insight into how a mid-size, free-market developing country can attempt to turn its renewable energy plans into a viable market reality.

  • Suzlon reaches 5 GW of wind power in India
    Oct. 12, 2010 - Renewable Energy Focus

    Suzlon Energy Ltd has reached 5 GW of cumulative wind power installations for over 1500 customers across 40 sites in 8 states in India.


  • 12 remote villages of Ziarat electrified through solar energy
    Jul 12, 2010 - Asia Pulse Data Source

    International Union for Conservation of Nature (ICUN) and Pakistan Council for Renewable Energy Technologies (PCRET) have collaboratively installed 12 solar energy panel systems in ten different remotely located villages of Ziarat district of Balochistan.

  • Egat urges new power plant, Asean grid
    Jul 12, 2010 - Yuthana Praiwan - Bangkok Post - McClatchy-Tribune

    Power reserves for Thailand over the next five years may be at critical levels unless a new power plant can be built on schedule as described in the Power Development Plan, says the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand.

  • ADB plans to build wind power projects in 5,000 villages nationwide
    Jul 12, 2010 - Asia Pulse Data Source

    The Asian Development Bank plans to put up small wind power projects in about 5,000 villages in the country.

  • Troubled by power cuts, Indians go green with solar energy
    Mai 3, 2010 - Xinhua

    As rising mercury began scorching India this month, frequent electricity cuts are making the situation worse.

  • Solar power grid to kick off in June
    Apr 16, 2010 -- Asia Pulse Data Source

    The first rural, solar-power grid in the central province of Quang Binh will be installed under an agreement signed earlier this week by Schneider Electric Vietnam and the province.

  • Indonesia to double geothermal capacity
    Mar 17, 2010 -

    A new climate investment fund plan will double the capacity of geothermal energy in Indonesia.

  • Solar Industry Will Grow to $77 Billion in 2015
    Mar 9, 2010 - - The Associated Press

    Reeling from a stormy 2009, the solar market will soon see lopsided supply and demand rush back into parity, according to a new report from Lux Research.

  • Asia's first sea wind power plant completes installation in Shanghai
    Feb 27, 2010 - Xinhua

    Asia's first sea wind power plant completed the installation of its 34 windmills Saturday afternoon in Shanghai.

  • ADB grants Laos 20 mln USD for building power transmission facilities
    Feb 25, 2010 - Xinhua

    The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will grant 20 million U.S. dollars to Laos to help the country build power transmission facilities in the northern part, Lao newspaper the Vientiane Times reported Thursday.

  • Seeds of discontent: the 'miracle' crop that has failed to deliver
    Feb 15, 2010 - Cahal Milmo and Andrew Wasley - Teh Independent

    A "miracle" plant, once thought to be as the answer to producing renewable biofuels on a vast scale, is driving thousands of farmers in the developing world into food poverty, a damning report concludes today.

    Feb 1, 2010 -

    Cities account for only 2% of the world's land mass but 80% of the global greenhouse gas emissions. Planning for climate change and new environmental initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is key to the goal of Seoul, capital city of the Republic of Korea, to become the world's greenest city.
  • World's biggest tidal power plant to be built in South Korea
    Jan 21, 2010 - BBC Monitoring

    The world's largest tidal power station will be constructed off the coast of Inchon. GS Engineering and Construction signed a memorandum of understanding with state-run Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power (KHNP) on Wednesday and will begin construction later next year with a view to completion around 2017.

  • Alternative energy gains momentum: Incentives likely to be extended
    Jan 18, 2010 - Energy Central

    Investments in alternative energy this year are likely to grow rapidly for this year given growing concern about climate change and the environment, says Krairit Nilkuha, director-general of the Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency (DEDE).

  • Philippines doe to award more renewable energy contracts next month
    Nov 30,2009 - AsiaPulse - Manila

    More renewable energy contracts will be awarded next month, Philippines Energy Assistant Secretary Mario Marasigan said.

  • Japan accelerates purchase of surplus solar electricity at homes
    Nov 1, 2009 - The Associated Press

    The government launched Sunday a new program that enables power companies to purchase at higher rates surplus electricity produced by solar power generation systems installed in homes, schools and hospitals.
  • Cambodia installs over 500 solar energy electricity generations in rural areas
    Jul 14, 2009 - Xinhua

    More than 500 solar energy electricity generations have been installed in Cambodia's rural areas to help improving the living standard of poor people, local media reported on Tuesday.

  • South Korea to Invest a Whopping $85bn on Green Technology in ‘Green New Deal’
    Jul 6, 2009 - Andrew Williams -

    South Korea yesterday announced plans to invest a staggering Won107,000bn ($85 billion) on ‘green growth’ industries over the next five years.
  • Sri Lanka to develop renewable energy
    Jun 28, 2009 - Xinhua

    The Sri Lankan government said Sunday that it has designed a national energy plan for the development of wind and bio mass energy resource, making the renewable energy to meet 10 percent of the island's energy needs by the year of 2016.

  • Asia set to become biggest climate change driver
    Jun 16, 2009 - Teresa Cerojano - The Associated Press

    Asia's share of global greenhouse gas emissions could rise to more than 40 percent by 2030, making it the world's main driver of climate change, experts warned Tuesday.

  • American Innovation, Chinese Transmission, Australian Clean Energy: The Ideal Match
    May 9, 2009 - Stewart Taggart - Desertec

    It's a combination that could dramatically reshape Asia for the better.

  • Taiwan pledges $1.3 billion green investment
    Apr 23, 2009 - The Associated Press

    Taiwan will invest 45 billion New Taiwan dollars ($1.3 billion) to expand and upgrade the island's solar and wind energy industries and help reduce the use of fuel, the Cabinet said Thursday.

  • Indonesian utility PLN to build several geothermal power plants
    Apr 17, 2009 -- Asia In Focus

    JAKARTA - Indonesia's state-owned power utility company PLN will build a number of geothermal power plants (PLTPs) in the second phase of its 10,000-MW capacity development program, a PLN executive said.

  • A Renewable Energy Plan for Asia
    Apr 5, 2009 - Stewart Taggart - Desertec-Australia

    Imagine an Asian electricity grid anchored by China at one end and Australia at the other. The grid would distribute solar, geothermal, wind and wave energy. The vision is big. So's climate change.

  • Indonesian govt to offer 15 geothermal power projects
    Feb 17, 2009 - AsiaPulse

    Tenders will be held soon for development of 15 geothermal fields expected to generate a total of 1,500 megawatt of electricity, the Indonesian energy and mineral resources ministry said.

  • China keen to harness power from rivers covering India, Nepal
    Feb 16, 2009 - Asia Pulse Data Source

    China has said it favours bilateral partnership with Nepal and India to harness power from transnational rivers that cover the three countries.

  • Renewable energy law comes into force
    Dec 17, 2008 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Euan Paulo C. Anonuevo - The Manila Times

    Philippines - The President said the new legislation is the "first and most comprehensive renewable energy law in Southeast Asia" that would enable the Philippines to capture a part of the soaring investments in renewable energy development worldwide pegged at $71 billion last year.

  • Bangladesh gov't approves first renewable energy policy
    Dec 03, 2008 - Xinhua

    DHAKA - The Bangladesh government Wednesday approved its first renewable energy policy, encouraging investment in this sector to generate electricity from renewable sources to meet an ever-growing demand, private news agency UNB reported.

  • Nagpur to have Asia's biggest solar thermal power plant
    Sep 2, 2008 - Asia Pulse Data Source

    Nagpur - Asia's biggest solar thermal power plant will be set up here to generate 10 MW electricity for the national grid.

  • Central Highlands to Become Vietnam's Largest Hydropower Centre
    Aug 18, 2008 - BBC Monitoring Asia Pacific

    The Central Highlands is expected to become the country's largest hydro-power centre by 2010, as it will have hydro- power plants of a combined capacity of 5,000 MW, equal to one third of the current capacity of the national power grid.

  • Government initiates new scheme to tap wind energy
    Aug 17, 2008 - Asia Pulse Data Source

    New Delhi - Government today said it has initiated a new scheme for wind power generation in a bid to tap the 45,000 mega watt power potential of the non-conventional resource.

  • KEPCO, Sharp to build solar plant
    Jul 3, 2008 - The Yomiuri Shimbun - The Associated Press

    Eco-friendly facility to be first of its kind to power nation's homes, factories
    OSAKA--Kansai Electric Power Co., the nation's second-biggest electricity producer, and Sharp Corp., the consumer electronics giant, recently announced plans to set up a solar power plant in Sakai, Osaka Prefecture, that will be one of the world's largest.

  • Bangladesh to make installation of solar panels mandatory
    Jun 6, 2008 - Xinhua

    The Bangladeshi government has decided to bring changes in the country's existing building code to make installation of solar panels on top of high-rise buildings mandatory, aiming to reduce dependency on conventional power.

  • Experts say Asia needs Investment in Clean Energy to ease Climate Change, Oil Price Burden
    Jun 3, 2008 - TERESA CEROJANO - The Associated Press

    Energy experts on Tuesday called for massive investment in clean energy in Asia, warning that delays will hasten climate change and make the region more vulnerable to oil and coal price spikes.

  • ADB to help create funds for clean energy projects for Pakistan, other Asian countries
    Apr 18, 2008 - Asia Pulse Data Source

    The Asian Development Bank will help establish five private sector funds targeting investments of up to $1.2 billion (750 million euros) for clean energy projects in Asia, the bank said Thursday. The Manila-based bank said it will provide $20 million (euro12.56 million) to each of the five private equity funds, for total seed money of $100 million (euro63 million).

  • Japan's Mitsubishi Electric plans major solar cell investment
    Mar 19, 2008 - Thomson Financial

    Japan's Mitsubishi Electric Corp. said Wednesday it planned to invest 7 billion yen to boost production of solar cells as global demand rises on high oil costs and environmental awareness.

  • Kansai Electric succeeds in injecting large amount of CO2 into coal beds
    Jan 28, 2008 - McClatchy - Tribune Regional News - Kyodo News International, Tokyo

    Kansai Electric Power Co. said Monday it has succeeded in an experiment to inject a large amount of carbon dioxide into deep coal beds by using nitrogen for the first time in the world.

  • Japan PM to announce aid for poor nations to fight global warming
    Jan 10, 2008 - BBCMonitoring

    Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda will announce a five-year 1 trillion yen package to help developing countries combat global warming when he attends a World Economic Forum meeting in Switzerland later this month, government sources said Thursday.

  • Inner Mongolia Installs Wind Generators with 1000MW Capacity
    Sep 28, 2007 - SinoCast

    Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, a pioneer of clean energy development in China, announces that the combined installed capacity of all wind power generator sets in the region exceeds 1000 megawatts, the biggest in the country.

  • Taiwan to Expand Its Wind Power Capacity
    Sep 28, 2007 - International Herald Tribune

    Taiwan may spend more than 100 billion New Taiwan dollars, or $3 billion, during the next three years to increase wind power capacity tenfold and cut coal and gas imports. "Renewable energy can help us reduce dependence on overseas resources," Wang Yunn-ming, the deputy director general of Taiwan's energy bureau, said Thursday.

  • Renewable energy can save Southeast Asia 2 trln usd in fuel costs - Greenpeace
    Aug 23, 2007 - Thomson Financial - AFX News

    SINGAPORE - Shifting to renewable energy could save Southeast Asian countries as much as two trillion US dollars in fuel costs over the next 23 years, or more than 80 billion dollars annually, environmental group Greenpeace said Thursday.

  • Inner Mongolia Plans 33,000 MW of Installed Wind Power
    Aug 9, 2007 - MARKET WIRE

    Inner Mongolia is one of the provinces (regions) with the richest wind resources in China. However, utilization of wind power is quite limited.

  • Indonesia to build 33,000 more solar power generators
    Jun 29, 2007 - AsiaPulse

    The Indonesian government is planning to build 33,000 more solar power generators for 33,000 households living in remote areas, an Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry official said.

  • South Korea to build world's largest tidal power station
    May 4, 2007 - AsiaPulse

    South Korea's Incheon City said Thursday that it plans to build the world's largest tidal power station on Ganghwa Island by 2014.

  • Wind energy cuts Taiwan CO2 emissions by 250,000 tons a year
    Apr 22, 2007 -- BBC Monitoring

    The number of wind turbines along Taiwan's west coast now surpasses 100, and the renewable energy generated by these units is sufficient to prevent the emission of 250,000 tons of carbon dioxide a year, energy officials said Sunday.

  • Asia-Pacific Partnership Yields Renewable Energy and Efficiency Projects
    Nov 8, 2006 EERE Network

    Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs Dr. Paula J. Dobriansky today announced that the United States and the other five Partner nations of the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate have endorsed detailed Action Plans and nearly 100 collaborative projects and activities to implement this initiative. The announcement was made in remarks to experts from all Partner nations gathered in Columbus, Ohio, to attend a week-long series of site visits organized and hosted by American Electric Power, one of the private sector partners.

  • Bangladesh lights up!

    When Bangladesh gained independence in 1971 it turned to an international co-operative association to help supply electricity to its rural areas. Three decades on the programme begun by the National Rural Electric Co-operative Association (NRECA) is recognized as one of the most successful rural electrification projects in the developing world. It has also proved one of the most effective development initiatives in the whole of Bangladesh.

  • Viet Nam pursues renewable energy to avoid power shortage

    Viet Nam is accelerating the drawing up of a strategy to develop renewable energy, considering this to be a solution to escape from the "hunger" for energy in the near future, a senior industrial official said.

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