The Sumba Inconic Island Initiative aims to provide inhabitants with power sourced entirely from renewable energy sources within 10 years. It is hoped the project will provide a model for replication in similar areas around the world.  Photo credit: Sean Crowley/ADB.

Indonesia's ambition to provide universal access to electricity by 2025, and from clean energy sources wherever possible, rests on its ability to harness wind and solar energy.

The Asian Development Bank shares its experience in reducing its carbon footprint by implementing a rooftop solar photovoltaic system at its headquarters in metropolitan Manila.

Developing renewable energy and water systems on small islands present significant challenges.  Photo credit: ADB

The keys to success: link education, experience and tourism to create benefits while considering local conditions such as topography and climate.

Amid a looming energy gap resulting from increasing demand for energy, power consumers in the Philippines are burdened with one of the most expensive electricity rates in Asia, if not the world.  Photo credit: ADB 2010.

The formula: installing energy efficient lighting systems in government offices and parks, distributing fluorescent lamps nationwide, and establishing a green labeling system for buildings.

To achieve sustainable energy, countries need to make their utilities more efficient and financially viable. Photo credit: ADB.

Sustainable energy is about more than renewables. Challenges will remain in financing and maintaining energy systems, even after the clean-energy transition is complete.

These transmission lines deliver electricity from Syanja to Butwal, Nepal. Photo credit: ADB.

Nepal is starting to modernize its electric grid by implementing smart meters.

In Guangdong province, traditional bulbs in many streetlights were replaced with energy-efficient lights. Photo: ADB.

In the People's Republic of China, a project is saving enough energy to match the equivalent of building a 107-megawatt power plant.

Wind and solar energy are available only when the wind blows or when the sun shines. Battery storage offers a solution to storing excess supply from variable renewable energy sources. Photo credit: ADB.

Using batteries to store energy can help improve the efficiency and flexibility of power systems that are integrating new and renewable energy sources into the grid.

A study shows that industry and buildings are the biggest commercial energy consumers in Asia. Photo credit: ADB.

The Asian Development Bank examines prospects to ramp up efforts for greater utilization of demand-side energy efficiency in Asia and the Pacific.




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