Asia

IRENA and State Grid of China to Cooperate on Accelerating Energy Transition

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC), the world’s largest utility, agreed today to enhance their co-operation with a view to advancing the energy transition under global and regional initiatives, including the Paris Agreement and the Belt and Road initiative. The framework of the agreement includes opportunities for […]

China Huayang Group Selects SkyPower as Its Global Partner to Develop Solar Energy Projects Around the World

SkyPower, the world’s largest global developer of utility-scale solar energy projects, and China Huayang Economic and Trade Group Co., a Chinese state-owned company under the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, announced today that it has entered into a world class partnership together. Huayang has selected SkyPower to be its global partner to […]

Clean Disruption News: New CEM campaign aims for goal of 30% new electric vehicle sales by 2030

BEIJING – The Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) announced a new campaign called EV 30@30 to speed up the deployment of electric vehicles and target at least 30 percent new electric vehicle sales by 2030.  The campaign will support the market for electric passenger cars, light commercial vans, buses and trucks (including battery-electric, plug-in hybrid, and fuel cell […]

India’s first solar satellite television service brings ‘magic’ to villages

An Indian social business has launched the country’s first solar satellite television service, bringing clean energy powered entertainment to households and businesses through a pay-as-you-go payment scheme. Simpa Networks, which began operations in 2011, is one of thousands of social enterprises in India tapping into the renewable energy market in a country where one-fifth of […]

Solar in India: 750 MW Rewa Solar Power Plant – A Defining Milestone in India’s Solar Energy Journey

The successful commercial close of 750MW Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Park in Madhya Pradesh, has helped India get closer to its 100 GW solar energy goal by 2022. The public private partnership initiative utilized a robust project structure and innovative de-risking mechanisms, paving the way for other large scale solar power projects in India. With […]

Solar Battle: China vs India – “the fight” or “hand in hand”? Pranav R. Mehta, Chairman of NSEFI (National Solar Energy Federation of India), Co-Chair of Global Solar Council & Vice-Chair of APVIA

During SNEC 2017 in Shanghai we spoke on Solar Leaders TV Stage with unexpected guest, Pranav R. Mehta, Chairman of NSEFI (National Solar Energy Federation of India), Co-Chairman of Global Solar Council & Vice-Chairman of Asian Photovoltaic Industry Association (APVIA). India and China seem to be amongst the nations that aim at leading the world’s transition towards […]

SOLAR FUTURE.TODAY FORUM ASIA 2017 Visionary Debate: Solar & Cleantech Revolution in Asia: Towards 100%!

SOLAR FUTURE.TODAY FORUM ASIA 2017 at SNEC 2017 in Shanghai – PILLAR I. POLICY Visionary Debate: Solar & Cleantech Revolution in Asia: Towards 100%! (one of our most controversial debates ever) Hans-Josef Fell, President of the Energy Watch Group, Author of draft of German Renewable Act 2000, Member of the German Parliament 1998-2013 & Chair of […]

Solar Disruption: SoftBank and Foxconn Bring India Some of World’s Cheapest Solar

Government auction sees bids below 4 cents a kilowatt-hour Offers to build solar farms help Modi reach clean energy goals Companies led by SoftBank Group Corp. of Japan and Taiwan’s Foxconn Technology Co. Ltd. are bringing India some of the cheapest solar power in the world, helping Prime Minister Narendra Modi reach his ambitious clean-energy goals. In two auctions […]

SOLAR FUTURE.TODAY & Solar Business Club Leaders at BYD Dynasty Launch, SNEC 2017 & FORUM ASIA 2017 in Shanghai, China

“SOLAR FUTURE.TODAY FORUM ASIA” was held from 18 to 20 April 2017 in Shanghai, China on the occasion of  SNEC 2017 – 11th International Photovoltaic Power Generation Conference & Exhibition. The Forum brought together Chinese and Asian solar and cleantech industries as well as notable policy-makers, personalities, business leaders and investors with its international peers and featured  “Black-Tie Gala Asia Celebration” held in the House […]

Cambodia makes first solar power play

Cambodia has made its first major investment in solar energy. A US$9.2 million solar farm, slated to be operational by August 2017, will be Cambodia’s first sun-powered electricity source to be connected to the national grid. The farm will provide Southeast Asia’s second poorest country with 10 megawatts of power. This is enough to meet […]

20,000 schools to install rooftop solar in Pakistan

The government of Pakistan’s second largest province – Punjab – has affirmed its commitment to the installation of rooftop solar power systems on around 20,000 schools.  Punjab Chief Minister, Shahbaz Sharif, recently reviewed the progress of the government-backed Khadam-e-Punjab Ujala Programme which aims to install rooftop solar arrays on schools, health centres and higher education […]

ENGIE enters solar PV business in China

ENGIE (Paris, France) on April 18th, 2017 announced an agreement for a 30% equity investment through capital increase in UNISUN, a Chinese solar photovoltaic (PV) company. According to the press release, since 2014, UNISUN has successfully developed PV projects totaling around 500 MW. ENGIE aims to support UNISUN in the field of photovoltaic business’ development, […]

PV EXPO Japan 2017: Revolution in the Japanese electricity system – Bin Guo, Director of Energy Storage Business Development, BYD

Today, in our special coverage of PV EXPO Japan 2017 held recently in Tokyo, we present you our exclusive talk to Bin Guo, Director of Energy Storage Business Development at BYD about the company’s expansion in Japan. According to Bin Guo, we experience true revolution in the Japanese electricity system, where owners of solar power […]

Modi’s Aim to Spread Solar to Poorer Nations Wins IEA Support

Solar Alliance aimed at countries clustered around Equator IEA will encourage financing for more solar projects The International Energy Agency will help support Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s goal to spread solar power to more developing nations, especially those clustered around the Equator. Fatih Birol, executive director of the Paris-based agency that oversees energy policy in industrial nations, […]

PV EXPO Japan 2017: Brining German Quality & Worldwide Experience to Japan – Yuka Matsuura, Mounting Systems

Today, in our special coverage of PV EXPO Japan 2017 held recently in Tokyo, we present you our exclusive talk to Yuka Matsuura, Key Account Manager, Mounting Systems K.K. about the company’s activities in Japan but also other neighboring markets. Mounting Systems GmbH, an ISO certified company, headquarters in Rangsdorf/Berlin, is one of the world’s largest producers of […]

PV EXPO Japan 2017: Marubeni’s Solar & Cleantech Business At a Glance – Alessandro Fujisaka, Marubeni America Corporation

Today, in our special coverage of PV EXPO Japan 2017 held recently in Tokyo, we present you our exclusive talk to Alessandro Fujisaka, Department Manager at Marubeni America Corporation. It was interesting to learn about 25 years Marubeni’s history in solar but even more interesting about its current milestones and strategy for the years to come.