French energy giant teams up with a Myanmar-focused off-grid energy specialist to help spur rural electrification across the Southeast Asian country with mini-grids combining PV, diesel and battery storage.
The Senate committee examining a house bill granting a PV mini-grid franchise to renewable energy firm Solar Phillippines has been debating the reach of the franchise as well as its exclusivity, with the discussion to reconvene in May after the general election.
PV Tech caught up with Ku Junheong, senior sales director, Asia-Pacific and Middle East (APME) at China-based PV manufacturer Trina Solar, to discuss global demand profile and the rising markets of Southeast Asia.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will invest THB5 billion (US$155 million) in Thai firm B.Grimm Power's maiden 5-year and 7-year green bonds – the first certified climate bonds to be issued in Thailand – in order to finance renewable energy projects in the Southeast Asian country.
Myanmar-based off-grid PV company SolarHome has raised US$10 million in debt funding from a group of international investors, including Crowdcredit from Japan and Trine from Sweden, in order to expand across Myanmar.
UPDATED: A controversial House Bill granting private Filipino firm Solar Philippines a PV mini-grid and transmission franchise across the Philippines has all but passed through Congress, with only a procedural third step left to confirm the final draft of the Bill.
Vietnamese conglomerate TTC Group and Gia Lai Electricity JSC (GEC), a member of the TTC, have launched a 49MW solar PV project in Krong Pa District in Gia Lai Province, Vietnam, which is the company's second plant, and the largest in the country.