About RE Guidelines

In recent years, the ASEAN member states (AMS) made considerable effort to tap the vast renewable energy (RE) resources in the region. Several countries introduced feed-in-tariffs or regulations for RE as well as other supportive policies, for example tax and customs exemptions or tax holidays.

Despite those efforts and some promising developments, a large scale market for RE applications has not yet been in place in the region. In particular, complex administrative procedures, lack of transparency in the project cycle and permitting procedures as well as insufficient access to financial resources can be identified as important obstacles to an effective market and industry development.

The ASEAN RE Guidelines are developed to facilitate increased private sector activity and investment in the RE sector of the ASEAN region. Since the confidence of project developers and investors is prerequisite to boost region-wide RE deployment, the provision of transparent project development and permit procedures is indispensable.

To this end, the Renewable Energy Support Programme for ASEAN (ASEAN-RESP), jointly implemented by the ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), is devleoping a comprehensive, easy-to-access and regularly updated online tool which includes complete information on ideal RE project development cycles in the respective countries.

The ASEAN RE Guidelines:

  • highlight administrative procedures including requirements for project developers and/or investors;
  • lists legal and regulatory provisions as well as necessary permits;
  • identifies country-specific challenges for project development;
  • and gives information on how to obtain financial closure.

The ASEAN RE Guidelines are designed as close as possible to the needs of project developers and potential investors, to promote transparency and clearness in the RE projects’ pathway. The Guidelines lead through the various procedures and help identifying risks embedded in each steps, so that proper mitigation measures can be designed and implemented.

The ASEAN RE Guidelines are developed for different technologies in several ASEAN member states. A precondition is that a clear legal framewok exists and that a minimum market readiness exists. The ASEAN-RESP is collaborating closely with relevant organizations and projects in the respective member states in order to ensure quality, completeness and acuracy of data.

Against this background, ASEAN-RESP developed Guidelines for biomass/biogas, and mini hydropower (MHP) project development in Indonesia in cooperaiton with the Least Cost Renewables Project Indonesia (LCORE) are developed. In a next phase, Guidelines for PV in the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, and biomass/biogas in Vietnam are envisaged.