Renewable purchasing surges in Asia Pacific – Wood Mackenzie

Company procurement of renewable power greater than doubled in Asia Pacific closing 12 months, in step with new research.

Corporations signed energy acquire agreements (PPAs) for round 3.8GW of renewable power capability in 2020 — greater than double the former 12 months’s overall, in step with Picket Mackenzie. Wind accounted for the biggest percentage (47%) of this capability, adopted via sun (44%), whilst the remainder 9% is undisclosed.

This build up got here in spite of challenge delays due to labour shortages and logistic disruptions right through the coronavirus pandemic, the analysts famous.

By way of the tip of the primary part of 2021, company PPAs were signed for 10.9GW of renewable power capability.

Picket Mackenzie senior analyst Rishab Shrestha mentioned company renewable procurement is beginning to play a larger position in Asia Pacific.

“Call for for renewable procurement is in large part pushed via bold decarbonisation goals set via governments and firms within the area. However extra importantly, falling renewables premiums and emerging energy price lists in Asia Pacific are making company renewable PPAs extra sexy,” he added.

Renewables premiums have fallen throughout all markets in Asia Pacific, in step with Picket Mackenzie.

Transmission fees will offset a few of these top rate discounts, however the overall bargain in comparison to feed-in price lists will have to nonetheless be greater than 30% via 2025.

Marketplace unfold

India, Australia and Taiwan lead the area for company renewable PPA contracting, with cumulative capacities of five.2GW, 3.2GW and 1.3GW respectively via the tip of the primary part of 2021. 

Picket Mackenzie defined that sexy challenge economics and enabling coverage frameworks in Australia and India account for the larger company PPA job in those markets

Shrestha added that he expects Singapore and Japan to additionally turn into leaders in company procurement of renewable power.

He defined: “Singapore is probably the most evolved procurement marketplace in south-east Asia however has restricted land availability for renewable initiatives. Japan’s procurement is in large part restricted to onsite initiatives, however we predict coverage updates via year-end.” 

Company traits and limitations

Commercial offtakers accounted for 57% of PPAs reduced in size in 2020, because of top power call for of electronics production and mining industries  

Retail and repair patrons accounted for 25.4%, whilst the generation sector accounted for 16.9%, with power procured basically used for powering information centres

Club of the RE100 – wherein firms decide to energy 100% in their operations with renewable energy – larger 12 months on 12 months, however simplest 10% of the 99 member firms signed company PPAs within the area. 

Maximum RE100 contributors with Asia Pacific headquarters use onsite installations and net-metering sun initiatives to energy their operations as a substitute. Restricted rules enabling large-scale procurement of renewables within the area shape a big barrier, Picket Mackenzie defined.

Shrestha mentioned: “Whilst demanding situations stay, coverage, company ambition and economics are beginning to tilt the steadiness in opposition to a extra conducive company PPA panorama for enlargement.”

Author: Ronald Scott