Navigating solar snags in Southeast Asia: Land, bankability and regulation - SORSEA 2017

The case for solar remains strong in Southeast Asia since power demand is still growing rapidly in many of its markets, but traversing the unique regulations and policies of each country and knowing which PV segment is most suitable remains challenging. Here are some of PV Tech’s key takeaways from last week’s Solar and Off-Grid Renewables Southeast Asia (SORSEA) 2017 conference in Bangkok, Thailand.

GCL-SI sees sales and profits slump in Q3

‘Silicon Module Super League’ (SMSL) member GCL System Integrated Technology (GCL-SI) has recently reported a major reduction in both revenue and profits in the third quarter of 2017, after posting record quarterly revenue in the prior quarter.

Vietnam’s final solar PPA still short of bankability

Vietnam’s final solar power purchase agreement (PPA) has to a large extent ignored recommended changes from a group of international Chambers of Commerce and therefore its attractiveness to foreign investors remains in doubt, according to representatives from law and finance sectors.

100GW of PV modules to ship during 2018, but is quality matching quantity? (Part 2)

Leading up to the PV ModuleTech 2017 conference, less than 3 months away (Kuala Lumpur, 7-8 November 2017), this blog series explains why this dedicated two-day industry event has the potential to provide some key answers for EPCs, developers and asset owners, in terms of understanding the key metrics that underpin solar modules going forward, ultimately mitigating risks during site design and build-out, while optimizing overall return-on-investment for more than 20 years in the field. READ PART ONE HERE

GCL-SI opens JV solar cell plant in Vitenam with 330MW of PERC

‘Silicon Module Super League’ (SMSL) member GCL System Integrated Technology (GCL-SI) has officially started production at its joint venture (JV) solar cell plant with Vina Solar in Vietnam as well as an unmanned module assembly pilot project in China.

BCG partners Unisun and Coara for 40MW solar project in Vietnam

Vietnam-based infrastructure investment firm Bamboo Capital (BCG) has signed a cooperation agreement with China-based firm Unisun Energy Group and German company Coara Solar to work on a 40MW solar project in Thanh Hoa district, Long An Province, Vietnam.

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.