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ASEAN can be a power in solar energy with teamwork

Members should work together to make region a production hub

| Southeast Asia
Solar panels on the roof of a building in Bangkok in 2017: Solar energy has entered mainstream policy in most ASEAN member states.   © Reuters

Fabby Tumiwa is executive director of the Institute for Essential Services Reform, an energy and environmental policy think tank in Jakarta, and chairman of the Indonesian Solar Energy Association. Marlistya Citraningrum is program manager for sustainable energy access at the institute and managing director of its SolarHub information portal.

With countries racing to reduce emissions by increasing their use of renewable energy, the geopolitics of energy is shifting toward countries and regions with a competitive edge in clean technologies.

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