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Southeast Asia's clean energy transition

This is a new initiative to chronicle the region's clean energy transition, highlighting the opportunities and challenges faced by government, business and society. A series supported by:

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Solar modules could be integrated into Singapore urban landscape just like trees, and comprise almost half of the country's electricity demand by mid-century, a study has found.
Vietnam's wind market is thriving, but more work lies ahead if the country wants to power its booming economy without imperilling its people and the planet.
Southeast Asian nations are racing to bring clean, affordable power to their people, but one country is outrunning them all. How can states make their renewable energy transition a success?
If signed, the extension will give the industry and investors the certainty and confidence needed to maintain wind energy momentum in the country, experts say.
Vietnam has signed off its much-anticipated solar support scheme, bringing developers bittersweet relief amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, solar's future in the country hinges on Hanoi's next move.

From Around Southeast Asia

The seafloor survey will have low environmental impact, said developer Sun Cable. The project, which will feature the world’s largest solar farm and longest sub-sea cable connection, generated much excitement when it was announced last year.
Solar modules could be integrated into Singapore urban landscape just like trees, and comprise almost half of the country's electricity demand by mid-century, a study has found.
The documentary that highlights the flaws of renewable technology has been hammered by climate activists for being misleading, but some say it is a timely wakeup call to the hypocrisies of the green movement. What impact could the documentary have on the shift to clean energy?
China was behind a climate-crunching increase in coal power capacity in 2019, and the Covid-19 pandemic is likely to make Chinese policymakers determined to see these investments through. But globally the writing is on the wall for the world's dirtiest fossil fuel as new coal development slumped.
Businesses hardly ever adopt renewable energy for altruistic reasons, but does that matter? In this interview with Eco-Business, Lionel Steinitz, CEO of LYS Energy, talks about why firms go green, and how Southeast Asia can unlock its solar potential.

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AC Energy’s coal exit may spur other local players to do the same, say energy experts. But is the company’s 10-year timeframe ambitious enough?
In gridlocked, smoggy Southeast Asian cities, change is afoot to electrify transport and clear some of the world's most polluted skies. This video documents...
A country that is hit by 20 typhoons a year is looking to its lakes, reservoirs and dams to trial the latest solar technology.
Where developers struggle to raise funds, crowdfunding platforms can help clean energy projects get off the ground. But what are the risks involved in such...
In gridlocked, smoggy Southeast Asian cities, change is afoot to electrify transport and clear some of the world's most polluted skies. This video documents...
Leaders and laggards in Southeast Asia's renewables race, banks quitting coal, an op-ed on eco-colonialism—these were among the topics that resonated most with...
Vietnam is looking to replace its solar tariffs, which ushered in a golden era for solar power in the country, with an auction scheme. What will change for...