Week In ASEAN: Cleantech Solar Partners With Konica Minolta For 3.4 MWp On-Site Rooftop Solar PV System In Malaysia; Gentari And Keppel Sign MoU To Drive Sustainable Energy Development; And More

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Cleantech Solar Partners with Konica Minolta for 3.4 MWp On-Site Rooftop Solar PV System in Malaysia


Cleantech Solar, a leading provider of renewable energy solutions to corporations in Southeast Asia and India, announces the commissioning of a 3.4 MWp rooftop solar PV system at the manufacturing facility of Konica Minolta Business Technologies (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. in Malacca, a subsidiary of the Japanese multinational technology company Konica Minolta, Inc. (Konica Minolta). Under a long-term Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), Cleantech Solar will provide full turnkey financing, designing, installing, maintenance and operation of the PV system across the period of the agreement.

Gentari and Keppel Sign MoU to Drive Sustainable Energy Development in Southeast Asia


In a significant move towards promoting sustainable energy solutions in Southeast Asia, Gentari Sdn Bhd (Gentari), a leading provider of clean energy solutions, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Keppel’s Infrastructure Division. The collaboration aims to explore and develop specific sustainability-related opportunities in the region. The MoU was formalized during the Energy Asia conference in Kuala Lumpur, where policymakers and industry leaders gathered to advance Asia’s net-zero ambitions. Representatives from Gentari and Keppel were present at the signing ceremony, including Gentari’s Chief Renewables Officer, Low Kian Min, and Tan Boon Leng, Managing Director of Keppel Infrastructure Holdings Pte Ltd. Gentari’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Sushil Purohit, and Cindy Lim, CEO of Keppel’s Infrastructure Division, also attended the event.

Solarvest and Selangor Industrial Corporation Collaborate to Boost Residential Solar Solutions in Malaysia

Solarvest Holdings Berhad, a leading clean energy expert, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Selangor Industrial Corporation Sdn Bhd (SIC), a subsidiary of Perbadanan Kemajuan Negeri Selangor (PKNS), to boost the development of residential rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in Malaysia. This strategic collaboration aims to promote sustainable living and contribute to the nation’s clean energy goals. The MoU includes a commitment from SIC to promote residential solar solutions to PKNS employees, including SIC employees, through a salary deduction scheme. This innovative financing option allows individuals to allocate a portion of their monthly salary toward the installation of solar PV systems, making the transition to renewable energy more affordable and accessible.

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Southeast Asia’s Potential for Floating Solar Photovoltaics Explored in NREL Study

In an effort to address land-use challenges and increase energy security, Southeast Asian countries are exploring the potential of floating photovoltaics (FPV) as a renewable energy solution. A groundbreaking assessment conducted by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), analyzed the FPV potential for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries. The report, titled “Enabling Floating Solar Photovoltaic (FPV) Deployment: FPV Technical Potential Assessment for Southeast Asia,” provides an estimate of the technical potential for FPV in the region. It also includes a publicly accessible FPV dataset through the USAID-NREL Partnership’s Renewable Energy (RE) Data Explorer tool.

Vale Malaysia Partners With reNIKOLA To Generate Solar Energy At Teluk Rubiah Maritime Terminal

The Malaysia subsidiary of Vale, one of the world’s leading mining companies, announced its partnership with reNIKOLA, a Malaysian pure-play renewable energy company, to generate solar energy at the Teluk Rubiah Maritime Terminal (TRMT). Fully owned and operated by Vale, TRMT is a major iron ore distribution hub for the Asia Pacific region, the world’s largest iron ore market. Through the partnership, reNIKOLA will develop and install the photovoltaic system at TRMT, with a capacity of approximately 350 kWp, at zero upfront cost to Vale. In return, Vale will purchase the electricity generated from the PV System at a mutually agreed rate over the period of 15 years upon the commencement of the system’s operations.

Philippines’ Department Of Agrarian Reform Implements Solar-Powered Irrigation System For Farmers In Kalinga

In a significant development, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has delivered a solar-powered irrigation system (SPIS) worth PHP 18 million to the Rizal Indigent Farmers Irrigators Association in Barangay Calaocan, Rizal, Kalinga province. This eco-friendly and sustainable irrigation solution, handed over by DAR Secretary Conrado M. Estrella III, marks the initial phase of support services provided by DAR to agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in Kalinga. Highlighting the agency’s commitment to farmers, Secretary Estrella drew inspiration from the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos Sr. and his grandfather, former Agrarian Reform Secretary Conrado Estrella Sr., who spearheaded land reform programs. He emphasized the agency’s dedication to creating projects and adopting measures that address the challenges posed by climate change in agrarian reform areas.

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Samaiden and Yakult Solidifies Sustainability and Clean Energy Goals with Landmark Power Purchase Agreement

Samaiden Group Berhad (Samaiden), recently announced the successful acquisition of a Power Purchase Agreement by Samaiden Capital Management Sdn Bhd (Samaiden Capital), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samaiden, with renowned beverage company Yakult. The 20-year agreement solidifies their commitment to sustainability and clean energy. As per the terms of the agreement, Samaiden will supply Yakult with renewable energy generated from solar facilities located in two strategic locations. From Seremban, a boasting capacity of 496.26kWp will be supplied, and from Glenmarie a capacity of 212.22kWp. The combined capacity will potentially meet a significant portion of Yakult’s energy requirements with clean, solar power, underscoring their commitment to sustainable operations and clean energy.

Super Energy Strengthens Renewable Energy Portfolio Through Strategic Acquisitions And Asset Sales

Super Energy Corporation Plc (Super), the largest solar farm operator in Thailand and abroad in terms of total capacity, is reorganizing its operations to become a more agile organization. As part of this effort, the company has acquired two new renewable energy assets while divesting what it considers to be an inactive asset. The CEO of Super Energy, Jormsup Lochaya, announced that the board of directors has approved the acquisition of a 51% stake in Equator Solar Co, which amounts to 7.1 million ordinary shares. These shares were purchased at a price of 115 baht per share. Super Energy’s subsidiary, Super Solar Energy (SSE), executed the acquisition, resulting in SSE’s ownership in Equator Solar rising from 49% to full control at 100%.

Energy Regulatory Commission Of Philippines Partners With Pasig City And MERALCO To Promote Renewable Energy Adoption

The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has taken a significant step forward in promoting renewable energy adoption by entering into a tripartite agreement with the City Government of Pasig and Manila Electric Company (MERALCO). The agreement aims to expedite the adoption of renewable energy within Pasig City. Under this agreement, the ERC, the City Government of Pasig, and MERALCO will collaborate on opportunities that will encourage the use of renewable energy in the locality, focusing on projects like the Net-Metering Program and Distributed Energy Resources (DER), which can help manage electricity costs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and generate economic development.

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TNB’s UK Renewable Energy Expansion Unveils Valuable Insights, Will Catalyze Malaysia’s Energy Transition

Tenaga Nasional Berhad’s (TNB) subsidiary in the UK, Vantage RE Ltd, has taken a significant step in Malaysia’s energy transition by venturing into the renewable energy business in Europe. According to the Minister of Natural Resources, Environment and Climate Change (NRECC), Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, this move will provide Malaysia with invaluable insights that will accelerate the country’s responsible Energy Transition (ET). Recognizing the importance of successfully navigating the energy transition while balancing issues like energy security, affordability, and environmental sustainability, Malaysia aims to remain economically resilient while seizing the economic opportunities of sustainable growth. Moreover, the transition will facilitate technology transfer and enhance human capital competencies.

Singapore’s EMA and ADB Sign MoU to Drive Clean Energy Adoption in ASEAN

In a significant move towards promoting clean energy, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Energy Market Authority (EMA) of Singapore have officially signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU). The agreement sets the stage for the development of renewable energy generation and transmission throughout the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region, while also supporting the establishment of the ASEAN Power Grid. This collaboration will further accelerate Singapore’s efforts to decarbonize its power sector and facilitate clean electricity imports.

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