Philippines to boost clean energy

Cleanergy” in the Philippines is expected to get a boost as publicly-listed Vivant Corp. (VVT) seeks to expand its renewable energy portfolio through a partnership with a global clean energy developer and operator. The Cebu-based energy solutions provider recently signed a joint venture agreement with ET energy, a global provider of innovative solar technologies and tailored financial solutions, to form ET Vivant Solar (EVC). “Our...

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China: Exceeds its 2020 Solar Power Target

China has more than doubled its end-of-decade solar power target, with new installations dramatically outstripping expectation, according to the government’s energy agency. The country is already the biggest producer of solar energy in the world, and that doesn’t seem likely to change any time soon. In the last two months alone, China has added 24.02 GW of solar capacity. As a result, total solar PV capacity now exceeds the...

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Solar Energy Rise in Singapore

The capacity for solar photovoltaic (PV) systems to generate electricity here has nearly quadrupled in the past three years as solar panels have mushroomed all over Singapore. The total installed capacity of such systems has swelled from 33.1MW peak (MWp) in 2014 to 129.8MWp in the first quarter of this year, according to data released by the Energy Market Authority (EMA) yesterday. In 2010, the Economic Strategies Committee set a...

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North America: Solar and political struggle

2017 is already a banner year for solar in the United States. Following on record levels of deployment in 2016, the solar industry has been hitting a series of new records, with utility-scale solar costs falling below $1 per watt, power purchase agreements being reported at under $0.03 per kilowatt-hours, and the leading state, California, getting 13% of its electricity from solar on an annual basis. But at the same time that the...

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Smart housing and urban development plans for Singapore

At the Urban Land Institute Asia Pacific Summit 2017 held in Singapore, Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong delivered a keynote address on creating competitive and innovative cities. Infrastructure planning Mr Wong said that cities need to find a balance between two opposing goals. Cities need to be liveable and sustainable, with good public spaces, walkable streets and greenery. At the same time, cities need modern...

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