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Sunpower’s Solar JV in China

SunPower Corporation  is in the midst of a huge transition year, and the biggest changes will come in the company's power plant business.  The company can't be profitable on residential and commercial projects alone, so it's investing heavily in P-Series solar panel manufacturing and its Oasis power plant system in an effort to grow in utility-scale solar. The biggest news from the first quarter earnings re ...

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Lalawinan Hydro Project Begins

The tandem of Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) and Repower Energy Development Corp. has started constructing a three-megawatt (MW) hydropower plant in Lalawinan, Quezon. Pure Meridian Hydropower Corp. (PMHC), the joint venture firm, will spend P700 million to build the project, which will generate over 200 jobs during construction  –  mostly hired from the local community. Once completed, total annual power ge ...

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Indonesia & UAE in $5 Billion Energy Deal

Talks between Indonesia and the United Arab Emirates could bring the launch of a $5 billion energy project, according to news from a recent meeting between Indonesian President Joko Widodo and UAE Energy Minister Suhail Mohammed Faraj Al Mazrouei. "We know that currently the world energy market is undergoing some transformation. Of course, changes have been made with sustainable and renewable energy," the p ...

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Festo expand product range in Asia Pacific

The trading arm of Electrocomponents plc, as well as the worldwide distributor for engineers, RS Components (RS), will be expanding its product range in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region by including thousands of products from the Festo range to its considerable Automation & Control (A&C) line-up in the region. Festo, a global performance leader in industrial training and educational programmes, and a ...

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Is Distributed Generation a Threat to Utility Revenue?

According to a study done by Accenture Research, distributed generation including residential solar PVs poses an ongoing threat to utility revenue and hosting capacity. The study comprises interviews conducted by Accenture with some 100 utility executives across 20 countries. The report is Accenture's fourth edition analysing trends within the digitally enabled grid market. Distributed energy generation and ...

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Australian System Needs Modernisation

In a new briefing paper, 'Arresting frequency changes in a modern electricity system', the CEC's director of energy transformation Tom Butler argued the current system of coal and gas plants providing frequency response is out of date. "While coal and gas power plants have traditionally provided inertia and system security services, many of Australia's coal plants are now past the date where they were expec ...

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Banpu Power 11% increase!

Banpu Power PCL, a subsidiary of Banpu PCL, and a leading Asian power-generating company operating both conventional and renewable power assets across Asia, has reported total revenue of Bt1.93 billion for the first quarter, an 11-per-cent increase over the same period last year. Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation stood at Bt1.38 billion, while total net profit was Bt1.04 billion. ...

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