Week in ASEAN: Five Companies Win Bids for a Solar Project of Over 491 MW in Malaysia, Thai and Chinese consortium bag record floating solar-plus-hydro project, Dehui a Vietnamese PV Maker Bets on US Solar to Fuel 2020s Growth and More

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Indonesia May Ease Auto, Solar Imports

Indonesia may ease restrictions on import of automobiles and solar equipment from India in return for shipping higher quantities of palm oil, following a government move to license the import of the edible oil, which is seen to be targeted at Malaysia. Indonesian trade minister Agus Suparmanto Subagio, who met commerce & industry minister Piyush Goyal in Davos, is also expected to visit India over the next month to discuss details of an enhanced trade engagement with India.

Malaysia Awards Over 491 MW of Solar Projects to Five Companies

The energy commission of Malaysia has awarded nearly 491 MW (490.88 MW) of large-scale solar projects to five companies. The winning companies are ib vogt GmbH and Coara Solar, Cypark Resources Berhad and Impian Bumiria, JKH Renewables and Solarpack Asia, ENGIE Energie Services and TTL Energy, and Konsortium Beseri Jaya and Hanwha Energy Corporation Singapore. The tender was issued in February 2019, by Suruhanjaya Tenaga to develop 500 MW of large-scale solar projects in Peninsular Malaysia. This was the third large-scale solar project tender under the country’s large-scale solar program. The project capacity was between 1-100 MW and expected to be commissioned by 2021. 

Masdar and PLN Enter Partnership to Develop First Floating Solar Power Plant in Indonesia

Masdar, one of the world’s leading renewable energy companies, has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN), the state electricity company in Indonesia, for the first floating solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in the country. The 145-megawatt (MW) PV plant, which will also be Masdar’s first floating solar PV project, will be built on a 225-hectare plot of the 6200-hectare Cirata Reservoir, in the West Java region. Masdar is developing the plant with PT Pembangkitan Jawa-Bali (PT PJB), a subsidiary of PLN. Indonesia is the largest energy user in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region, and the country is targeting 23 per cent of its energy mix coming from renewables by 2025, rising to 31 per cent by 2030.

Thai and Chinese Consortium Bag Record Floating Solar-Plus-Hydro Project

Thai regulator Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) has awarded a contract for a 45MW floating solar project on the Sirindhorn Dam to a consortium including local firm B.Grimm Power and Energy China. Expected to become operational by December, the Sirindhorn Dam Hydro-Floating Solar Hybrid Pilot Project in Sirindhorn District, Ubon Ratchathani Province, will be one of the largest floating PV systems in the world. A release from B.Grimm also claimed that it would be the world’s largest hybrid floating solar project connected to a hydropower plant.

Dehui a Vietnamese PV Maker Bets on US Solar to Fuel 2020s Growth

One of the biggest names of Vietnam’s PV manufacturing scene is to throw its weight behind the US solar market over the next three years, with plans to target utility-scale buyers by embracing bifacial technology. Dehui Solar told about its ambitions to triple its business with the US in the space of three years, using its subsidiary in the country to take shipments from 1 GW in 2020 to 2GW in 2021 and 3GW in 2022. Dehui said its factories in Vietnam should reach this year 1.5GW and 2GW in combined cell and module capacity, respectively. As it ambitions to ramp up shipments, Dehui is also planning to majorly scale up production. The firm currently runs 250,000 square feet split across five production lines but has set aside a further one million square feet, set to host factories in the future.

RECOM Supplies Mono Modules to Savina Power in Vietnam and Expands its Global Presence

RECOM delivers 360Wp mono modules to Savina Power JSC in Vietnam, as part of its growing presence in the market. The RECOM modules, totaling 6MW, will be deployed in three industrial solar projects: Mekong factory, Sa Thay District, Kon Tum Province; Tra Da Factory, Tra Da industrial park, Pleiku City, Gia Lai Province and Triple Factory, Cu Chi District, Ho Chi Minh City. Savina Power JSC is a leading developer in Vietnam providing professional servicing for solar projects, including investment consultancy, design work, project execution, maintenance, and solar energy equipment and solutions. Within South-East Asia, Vietnam is a leader in solar energy with the largest installed capacity of 5.5GW in 2019. The PV capacity for the region is expected to triple in the next 5 years.

Ambu signs Power Purchase Agreement with Cleantech Solar in Malaysia

Cleantech Solar and Ambu Sdn. Bhd. have entered into a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) to benefit from a 923 kWp solar PV system that will be installed across Ambu’s manufacturing and research and development buildings in Bayan Lepas, Penang. The PV system would be installed by Solarvest Holdings Berhad and is expected to be fully operational by mid-2020. The solar PV system, is expected to generate over 23,700 MWh of clean energy, avoiding 16,400 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions across the agreement’s terms. Through this arrangement, Ambu will benefit from savings on electricity costs and also see an improvement on its environmental performance as the company lowers its dependency on non-renewable energy, without having to invest its own capital.

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