Renewable energy technologies contribute only a modest proportion of electricity supply in the Mekong region, with the exception of medium and large-scale hydropower, small-scale renewables, and one or two turn-key projects (e.g. the 73MW Lopburi solar plant in Thailand, currently the largest in the world). The region has, however, considerable potential for renewables using both relatively mature technologies (such as wind and solar photovoltaic) and emerging technologies (such as solar thermal). Both Vietnam and Thailand have harnessed less than 10% of the renewable energy potential that could be realized by 2030. Meanwhile, there is a growing demand for power and high levels of investment, which offer the potential for developing sustainable renewable power technologies.
The Mekong Project on ‘Potential for Increasing the Role of Renewables in Mekong Power Supply’ (MK14) sought to promote the deployment of more sustainable and equitable renewable energy generation technologies as an alternative to medium and large-scale hydropower. It worked to analyze the key barriers to the deployment of renewable energy in the region and aimed to recommend ways to overcome them.
MK14 was led by the International Centre for Environmental Management (ICEM), working in partnership with the Lao Institute for Renewable Energy, Palang Thai and the Energy Research Institute, and Cambodian Consulting Development Engineering.
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