Major Australian brewer, Carlton & United Breweries (CUB), is planning to go 100% renewable and has kicked off by signing a power purchase agreement (PPA) with German firm BayWa r.e. for part of the energy generation from a 112MW solar farm in Victoria.
Thai energy firm B.Grimm Power has signed power purchase agreements (PPAs) for seven separate solar PV projects in Thailand with a combined capacity of 30.83MW, according to notification on the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET).
Several provincial authorities in Vietnam are developing guidelines for renewables that should improve the country’s solar market, but stubbornness from the monopoly utility EVN means that the largest-scale projects remain the preserve of big risk-takers, according to a representative of international law firm Baker McKenzie.
India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) is finalising laws that will include penalties for state governments and distribution companies (Discoms) that do not honour power purchase agreements (PPAs), according to power minister R.K. Singh.
Utility-scale solar projects and hundreds of other power projects in the Philippines are being held up by pending approvals at the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), a problem compounded by last week’s dismissal of ERC chairman Jose Vicente Salazar for grave misconduct related to allegations of corruption.