Solar in ASEAN; plugging the gap

Solar energy in ASEAN presents a compelling investment opportunity for both financial and strategic investors. This is a result of the recent (and potentially continuing) advances in technology and levelized cost of energy (“LCOE”) and the expected regulatory developments.

Energy demand in the ASEAN region:

  • Back in 2018, Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong stated, “ASEAN will become the fourth-largest economy in the world by 2030, after the US, China, and the European Union”
  • This step change means the associated evolution in energy demand in ASEAN has global implications
  • From 2012 to 2021, the region’s growth in power demand actually outpaced that of GDP by a factor of 1.2x
  • This trend is set to continue, with regional electricity demand growth expected to surpass global average power growth by 1.5x from 2022 to 2031

Investment opportunities:

  • ASEAN countries have laid out clear renewable energy capacity targets to reach the goals set out in the Paris Agreement and the associated Nationally Determined Contributions (“NDCs”)
  • By 2025, these nations aim to have 23% of their primary energy supplied by renewable energy
  • To meet this objective, annual investments in the ASEAN renewables sector are expected to at least double from current levels
  • Thanks to regulatory developments and the falling relative LCOE, solar is emerging as the predominant renewable technology for ASEAN
  • BDA expects private sector investment and corporate activity to accelerate and support the sector’s already rapid growth

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