Asean Center for Energy and Germany launch renewable guidelines

JAKARTA (RAMBUENERGY.com) – The ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE) and GIZ on behalf of the German Government, launched the ASEAN RE Guidelines in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar on Thursday. The Guidelines are comprehensive, easy-to-access and regularly updated online tools, which include complete information on ideal RE projects development cycles in the respective AMS.

The RE Guideline aims to support regional cooperation among ASEAN Member States (AMS) for more renewable energy (RE) deployment.

The Guidelines are the outputs of a cooperation framework; ASEAN-RESP, jointly implemented by ACE and GIZ on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).  Sanjayan Velautham (Executive Director of ACE) and Poddey expressed their gratitude to the Ministries of Energy of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Vietnam for their insights and active engagement in the development of these RE Guidelines.

“We hope that these tools will help increase the understanding of various permits and procedures required for RE projects development on national and regional levels,” they said in a joint statement.

In cooperation with energy ministries in respective AMS, to date, ASEAN RE Guidelines have been developed in the following Member States: Indonesia (on biomass and biogas); Malaysia (on small hydro power, small and large solar photovoltaic); the Philippines (on small and large solar photovoltaic); Vietnam (on wind and biomass, in on-going development process).

The Guidelines aim to facilitate increased private sector engagement in the ASEAN RE sector, by highlighting administrative procedures, listing regulatory provisions and necessary permits, identifying country-specific challenges for project development, and by providing information on how to achieve financial closure.

On the latest produced RE Guideline on Solar Photovoltaic Project Development in Malaysia, Ms. Catherine Ridu, Chief Executive Officer of Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA) Malaysia conveyed, “As Malaysia is one of the active Member States supporting the ASEAN RE agenda, we hope that this guideline will deepen the talent pool regarding the development of large PV systems both in the country and around the ASEAN region. We sincerely hope this guideline will be of some benefit to all potential developers and investors in the development of solar PV projects in Malaysia”.

Representing the Philippines in RE Guidelines on Solar Photovoltaic Project Development in the Philippines (Large and Small Scales), Mario Marasigan, Officer in Charge Assistant Secretary, Office of the Assistant Secretary – Department of Energy (DoE) Philippines, expressed, “DOE lauds the effort to develop the Solar PV (SPV) Guidebook, which offers an overview of the project cycle and all related administrative requirements for the development and implementation of SPV projects. The SPV Guidebook will serve as a springboard for policymakers to assess the administrative procedures and streamline them for efficient solar PV market development.”

As representative of the implementing organisation on behalf of the German Government, Maria-José Poddey (Principal Advisor for ASEAN-RESP, GIZ) conveyed, “Germany supports ASEAN since 2005, initially through the ASEAN-German Mini Hydro Power Project. The cooperation continued in 2010 and expanded to a larger scope of renewable energy, particularly photovoltaics, biomass energy, and wind, under the project jointly implemented with ACE; the Renewable Energy Support Programme for ASEAN (ASEAN-RESP)”.

The ASEAN RE Guidelines are available online and downloadable at www.re-guidelines.info. (*)

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