Week In ASEAN: Solarvest Boosts Toyo Tyre’s RE100 Drive With Largest Rooftop Solar PV System In Kamunting; CK Power And Bangkok Expressway Join Forces To Power Bangkok’s Metro With Solar Energy; And More

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Solarvest Boosts Toyo Tyre’s RE100 Drive with the Largest Rooftop Solar PV System in Kamunting, Perak


Renowned in the clean energy sector, Solarvest Holdings Berhad (Solarvest or the Group) has successfully secured a fresh agreement with Toyo Tyre Malaysia Sdn Bhd (TTM) for the installation of a 14-megawatt-peak (MWp) rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) system. This pioneering endeavor is set to grace TTM’s tire production facility situated in Kamunting, Perak, and stands as the most extensive undertaking of its kind within the vicinity. Pursuant to the agreement, the Group will spearhead the engineering, procurement, construction, and commission (EPCC) activities encompassing the establishment of a solar PV system across the primary building facilities, spanning an expansive rooftop expanse measuring 96,000 square meters (sqm). This venture is anticipated to yield a robust 14MWp of clean energy, facilitating Toyo Tyre Malaysia Sdn Bhd (TTM) in offsetting a substantial 12,195 tonnes of carbon dioxide on an annual basis.

CK Power And Bangkok Expressway Join Forces To Power Bangkok’s Metro With Solar Energy


CK Power Public Company Limited, one of ASEAN’s top producers of renewables-based electricity, and Bangkok Expressway and Metro PLC, the operator of two metro lines in Bangkok as well as expressways, recently signed an agreement that will pioneer the first use of electricity generated by solar energy to power a mass transit rail system in Thailand. The agreement establishes a collaboration between the two companies to provide know-how and assets to use solar energy to power the MRT Chalerm Ratchamonkol Line (MRT Blue Line) and the MRT Chalong Ratchadham Line (MRT Purple Line) that, together, run for more than 71 kilometers and serve 54 stations around Bangkok.

Unicharm’s Indonesian Subsidiary UCI Embraces Solar Power For Greener Operations

Unicharm Corporation’s Indonesian subsidiary, PT Uni-Charm Indonesia Tbk (UCI), has taken a significant step towards sustainability by installing a new solar power generation system at its Surabaya Third Plant and Nonwoven Plant. The installation of this solar power system is expected to yield around 860 MWh of electricity and reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 7,000 tons. The implementation of this solar power generation system will allow the Surabaya Third Plant to generate an estimated 7 million kWh annually, while the Nonwoven Plant is projected to produce around 1.6 million kWh per year. This strategic move is part of Unicharm Group’s broader commitment to incorporating renewable energy sources in its operations worldwide.

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Indonesia’s Collaboration With PT PLN, PT Pupuk Iskandar Muda, And AGI Marks Milestone In Green Hydrogen Investment

Indonesia has strong capital for the development of green hydrogen, namely the potential for abundant renewable energy resources, and Indonesia’s position as an archipelagic country that is on international trade routes which has the potential to become a global hydrogen hub. To develop this hydrogen potential, Indonesia through PT PLN (Persero) and PT Pupuk Iskandar Muda, together with Augustus Global Investment (AGI) agreed on a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) regarding investment in green hydrogen production in Indonesia. The memorandum of understanding concerns the location and supply of electricity for environmentally friendly hydrogen production Secretary General of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) Dadan Kusdiana, after witnessing the signing of the MoU, said that the Government had considered the contribution of hydrogen in the energy transition in Indonesia.

GreenYellow Completes 1.9MWp Solar Power Project At Bakheng Water Treatment Plant In Cambodia

GreenYellow announces the successful completion of Phase I of the Bakheng Water Treatment Plant Solar Power project in Cambodia, boasting a capacity of 1.9MWp. The Bakheng Water Treatment Plant is a pivotal water supply and treatment facility in Cambodia, capable of delivering up to 390,000 m3/day (Phase 1: 195,000 m3/day) to areas encompassing Phnom Penh City and Takmao Street at the border. The 1.9 MWp project, featuring 3,500 solar panels, will provide clean energy to the plant, contributing to a significant reduction in carbon emissions.

Trina Solar Begins Producing 210mm Monocrystalline Wafers in Vietnam

Trina Solar has yet again extended its international footprint with the production of 210mm monocrystalline silicon wafers in Vietnam. The first wafers recently rolled off the factory’s production line in the city of Thai Nguyen, 80 kilometres north of Hanoi. The factory will be able to produce 6.5 GW of wafers annually. With this new capacity, Trina Solar will have greater flexibility in being able to deliver its products worldwide. The production green light was given on July 31, and the first monocrystalline silicon ingots, 300mm in diameter, rolled off the assembly line foreshadowing the production of the first wafers.

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BayWa r.e. Solar Trade Achieves Landmark: Exceeds 1 Gigawatt in Total Sales in Thailand for 2023

BayWa r.e. Solar Trade, the solar trading division of the renowned worldwide renewable energy developer and service provider, has proudly revealed that it has achieved a remarkable feat by crossing the threshold of 1 GW (gigawatt) in collective sales of string inverters within Thailand during the initial half of 2023. This accomplishment stands as a momentous landmark for the leading global distributor in the region. Notably, the 1 GW in string inverter sales equates to a substantial quantity of 200,000 units of 5 kW (kilowatt) inverters. Having initially entered the Southeast Asian market in 2017 through its presence in Thailand, BayWa r.e. Solar Trade proceeded to extend its reach to the Philippines in 2019. Subsequent years witnessed the company’s expansion into Vietnam and Malaysia.

Philippines’ Nueva Vizcaya Launches A Solar Energy Project To Illuminate Remote Villages

The provincial government of Nueva Vizcaya has unveiled an ambitious initiative, “Silaw ti Umili” (Lights for Villagers), aimed at providing solar energy lighting to remote communities. In collaboration with the Nueva Vizcaya Electric Cooperative (NUVELCO), the project is poised to bring solar energy to Novo Vizcayanos residing in far-flung barangays. This move not only addresses the energy needs of remote households but also contributes to reducing systems loss, thereby benefitting power consumers. Governor Jose Gambito emphasized that the project’s strategic partnership with NUVELCO holds dual significance – advancing solar energy access while simultaneously mitigating systems loss costs. Governor Gambito presented the project to officials of National Government Agencies to garner support for the province’s developmental endeavors.

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Enhanced Partnership Between Vietnam and Singapore for Advancing Smart and Sustainable Industrial Parks

Sembcorp Development, a subsidiary of Sembcorp Industries based in Singapore, together with its Vietnamese joint venture partner Becamex IDC Corporation, a state-owned enterprise, have revealed the incorporation of four additional Vietnam Singapore Industrial Parks (VSIP) into their portfolio. Furthermore, Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) outlining plans for an impressive total of 10 prospective VSIPs were unveiled. This significant step forward was officially inaugurated by His Excellencies, Mr. Lee Hsien Loong and Mr. Pham Minh Chinh, the respective Prime Ministers of Singapore and Vietnam. Accompanied by government officials, ministers, and provincial leaders, they participated in a special state ceremony aimed at endorsing the VSIP initiatives, emblematic of the strong bonds between Vietnam and Singapore.

Siam Piwat Simon Initiates Large-Scale Solar Project At Siam Premium Outlets Bangkok

Siam Piwat Simon, the driving force behind Thailand’s pioneering Siam Premium Outlets Bangkok, is making substantial strides toward sustainability. In collaboration with Gunkul Engineering Public Company Limited, a leader in renewable energy solutions, they’re implementing on-site solar energy initiatives to champion environmental responsibility. More than 50,000 square meters of solar panels, representing an investment exceeding 100 million baht, now adorn Siam Premium Outlets Bangkok’s rooftops. These panels are anticipated to generate 3,800,760 kWh of solar power each year, significantly reducing reliance on fossil fuels. This move is set to reduce approximately 1,900 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2e), which is akin to planting 110,465 trees.

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