Southeast Asia & its Renewable Energy Expansion

Southeast Asia is definitely on the map as a great place to travel and explore.southeast-asia-solar-energy  With so many countries to visit and enjoy no wonder many travelers make their way there.  While the countries in Southeast Asia are developed and have their own standards of living and such there are still many issues that need to be bettered or structures that can be put in place to make the overall quality of life there better for the people.  You may have read our previous article on the plumbing and sanitary water issues that many face throughout Southeast Asia. While traveling there is always a great experience for many travelers, what if you could also make a difference on one or many of your trips to these fine countries?

solar-panel-thailandKainui, a young man in his mid-twenties from the Big island of Hawaii took a trip to Southeast Asia with a couple of his work friends.  While there exploring he began noticing the areas he was in and their use of electricity and somewhat lack of solar energy use. Kainui works for Big Island Solar, a leading solar company on the Big Island and is always interested in what can be done to utilize renewable energy and solar energy resources.  Upon talking with locals and looking into things a bit more he found that Southeast Asia in general is one of the best places to increase solar energy and one that would benefit from it the most. Not only would solar energy help the people of Southeast Asia and stabilize the cost of living, it would also help climate change because of the reduction in fossil fuels that are burned to create the energy sources they now utilize!  That’s when he decided that his next trip over would not only be for leisure and pleasure but to offer his help in building solar energy usage for Southeast Asia! Should you be looking to travel and also lend a hand in benefiting our world please feel free to contact Kainui at Big Island Solar! The three countries he has focused on to get started are:

Southeast Asia Solar Power Projects

  • Thailand- As of now Thailand has the 2nd largest economy in all of Southeast Asia.  It is projected to increase its power consumption by 75% in the following years to come.  It has a huge reliance on fossil fuels for energy and the older energy structure it has in place is a great obstacle for the country’s overall economic growth.  The AEDP or Alternative Energy Development Plan has been put in place as of 2015 and is projected to continue to 2036 to shed light on the country’s energy security, protection against the rise of cost of living and to help aid in the fight against climate change. There is a definite focus on the roof-top solar market and Kainui wants to aid in any way he can!
  • Vietnam- With VERY good conditions for the use of solar power especially in the country’s Southern region, renewable energy has yet to take off here.  To help with establishing solar power, solar power energy projects are eligible for incentives. With a goal to increase solar power energy to 7% by 2020 and 10% by 2030, aiding in solar power installation and introduction is highly sought after here!
  • Malaysia- Right now Malaysia is the fastest growing economy in Southeast Asia after triumphantly recovering from 2 seperate recessions!  Because of the land and region of the country solar power here is a bit trickier but has been found to be a great place for off-grid solar!

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Top 10 Things To See In Thailand

No matter where you visi in Southeast Asia there are so many beautiful sites and things to do and see.  Immersing yourself in the culture, trying the food and simply enjoying the beautifuk sites makes for a spectacular vacation! Thailand seems to be one of the top travel destinations for those visiting Southeast Asia.  So  e thought we would share some of the best things to do  and places to see when visiting Thailand. Check out this shirt video!


Must Try Dishes When Visiting Southeast-Asia

One of the things you won’t want to miss out on when traveling in Southeast Asia is the food!  Although the food and different delicacies are delicious all throughout Asia, the is something to be said for the more intense flavors and spices that seem to be used in the Southeast compared to the other parts of the country. It doesn’t matter if you are in the Philippines, Singapore or Thailand, there are many delicious dishes to enjoy throughout your many stops! Check out our list of some of our favorite must tries!

 Dishes to Try In Different Places

    • nasi-goreng-indonesiaWhen In Indonesia– Indonesia is home to Nasi Goreng, which basically translates to fried rice.  However it is not like the Chinese version of fried rice.  Instead it is orange in color brought forth by a blend of spices and chili.  Served with breakfast usually but can be enjoyed ANY part of the day. Simple, cheap and so tasty!
    • When In Vietnam- Pho which is pronounced fuuuu, is a beyond delicious broth based soup.  The broth is made with bones and meat choice. Next ricevietnam-pho-soup noodles, cilantro, onion ginger and cinnamon are added. Each bowl is served with a plate of fresh basil leaves, green onions, lime wedges & chili peppers so that the person enjoying it can season it to their exact liking.  Trust us you will be glad you tried it.
    • When In Thailand- Pad Thai is a dish knon very well in the U.S. many enjoy it in their favorite thai restaurants, pad-thai-thailandbut trying it in native Thailand is definitely a must and can be found for less than $1!   Made of flat rice noodles, egg, spices meat or shrimp with a citrus zeest such as lime to add a little pizazz!
    • Southeast Asia to MalaysiaDurian fruit is known for its STRONG very PUNGENT smell which deters most from trying the creamy, delicate fruit. Banned on public transportation because of its smell, if you can get past it you won’t be sorry!durian-fruit Durian fruit is grown & enjoyed throughout Southeast Asia but most find that the best fruit comes from Penang, Malaysia.
    • When in Myanmar- A favorite of many in Myanmar, this rice noodle dish is made from catfish stock and spices such as coriander 7 lemongrass.  It’s topped with crispy garnishes, hard boiled egg and served really hot!

Although there are so many great dishes to try when traveling throughout Southeast Asia, these are a few of our all time favorites by countries.  We suggest researching the delicacies and dishes of where you will be visiting and making a list of different recipes to try. Part of the fun of traveling is experiencing the different cultures and food of where you visit.  You never know you just may come home with a love for something you may never have thought, like durian fruit! We promise if you can get past the smell it’s a definite must try and delicious at that.