Malaysia moves on solar highway, PV monitoring, insurance and foreign support

Malaysia’s intent to progress its renewable energy sector was made clear in a number of announcements this week, including plans to install solar along a major highway, introducing both the first solar insurance scheme and monitoring system, as well as inking support agreements with powerful foreign organisations.

Replication of cyberattacks on energy sector a threat to renewables

Despite no publicly declared major incidents of cyberattack in the renewable energy sector to date, successful attacks on the wider energy industry are expected to be replicated in the future, according to the chief of an insurer now offering cover for such threats to clean energy.

Vietnam solar PPA is ‘non-bankable’

A consortium of international chambers of commerce has advised the Vietnamese government that its draft solar PPA template is “non-bankable” and cannot attract financing for PV in Vietnam, particularly for medium and utility-scale projects, according to documents seen by PV Tech.

PV Talk: PEG Africa on the evolution of pay-as-you-go solar

PEG Africa is a pioneering pay-as-you-go (PAYG) solar company focused on West Africa. Co-founder and CEO Hugh Whalan stopped by PV Tech to discuss why this business model is filling gaps in Africa's off-grid solar market, and how it has potential to evolve into meeting needs of consumers beyond electricity access.

Monkeys and other menaces to Indian solar

India's prowling monkeys are infamous for thieving cameras off unsuspecting tourists at the Hanuman temples of Hampi and the mountain city of Shimla, but they’ve now found a new target – the rooftop solar sector. Tom Kenning looks at some key challenges unique to the Indian PV industry.

PV Talk: Insuring solar projects in remote and earthquake-prone Chile

Chile is forecast to install half of all new solar capacity in Latin America this year. But logistical operations for remote solar projects and the threat of natural disasters are both major considerations for the region. Tom Kenning spoke to Jatin Sharma of GCube Underwriting about the risks associated with the Chilean market.