LONGi commits to 100% renewable power by 2028
On March 12th 2020, LONGi, announced that it has officially joined the global RE100 initiative led by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP. By 2028 LONGi commits to achieve 100% renewable electricity across its entire global operations. The main aim of LONGi is to commit the goal of 100% renewable energy in a short period of time and unite companies such as Apple, Google, Facebook, Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Philips and Goldman Sachs under global RE100. Each company under RE100 will source 100% of the electricity used across their global operations from renewable energy,in order to achieve this climate goal.
Indonesia’s first PPA for large scale solar
The Indonesian mining, trading, and energy company PT Sumber Energi Sukses Makmur (SESM) has announced its plans for a 10.5 MW hybrid solar plant in South Sumatra which will be supplying power PT Golden Blossom Sumatra. As per The Jakarta Post newspaper, this plant will be set to supply power to PT Golden Blossom under a 20-year power supply deal. This project’s construction is expected to start in July with completion stated for March 2022. Although the publication has not mentioned what the term ‘hybrid’ meant by according to the planned off-grid location, this brings possibilities that it is to be a solar-plus-storage facility. However, as per the recent data by Indonesian thinktank the Institute for Essential Services Reform says that the nation has the technical capacity to deploy up to 655 GWp of rooftop PV capacity at the end of 2018, according to international Renewable Energy Agency figures.
Scatec Solar to build $70 million solar plant in Indonesia
Scatec Solar has announced its plans to invest $70 million in a 70-megawatt solar plant in Indonesia. The company has planned to start the construction of the power facility later in 2020, while expecting full operation by 2020. As per the news publications Vietnam Plus, Scatec Solar may face challenges in their progress onto the Indonesian power market due to tight local restrictions, which might make acquiring solar panels difficult. The multinational company will evaluate local manufacturing quality and prices, reports the Southeast Asia representative of Scaetc Solar, Jeevaneswaran Ramoo.
OpenSys Technologies launches Malaysia’s first one-stop online marketplace for solar panels
OpenSys Technologies Sdn Bhd, launched Malaysia’s first one-stop online marketplace that allows both residential customers and commercial business consumers in order to purchase solar panels with the best financing. This online platform provides the customers with best financing options, as well as to facilitate the end-user market with the services offered by the key solar energy stakeholders. Luke Sebastian, OpenSys Technologies, COO, they are targeting 500 users per month, noting that there are some four million potential buildings.
Total and Betagro sign one of Thailand’s largest corporate PPAs
The PPA is one of the largest in Thailand and will include Total developing 24 solar rooftops to power facilities owned by Betagro. The 25MWh of solar rooftops will be equipped with over 62,000 solar panels and generate 38GWh of renewable energy capacity per annum. The projects will avoid the emissions of 26,000 tons of carbon emissions over the life of the solar rooftops while providing about 15% of the company’s total power consumption.