To promote the growth of wind energy in the Asia Pacific region, experts from the field have come together to form Asia Wind Energy Association (AsiaWEA) in Singapore. This will include both onshore and offshore wind energy covering areas of Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
AsiaWEA will coordinate international policy, communications, research and analysis and also provide services to support members’ requirements and needs to help their development.
“Our mission is to establish and promote wind power as the solution to the region’s rapidly growing energy demand and environmental challenges, providing meaningful benefits to the region as a whole”, said Edgare Kerkwijk, one of the founders and board members of the association, in a press release.
The association has already received strong support from several leading stakeholders in the wind industry such as turbine suppliers, developers and investors. “This month we will start with receiving membership applications, while the official membership year will start from January 2017,” said Garima Singhal, membership coordinator for the Asia Wind Energy Association.
First Asia Wind Energy Conference to take place in October 2017
Several activities are being planned in the coming year. In addition to quarterly membership gatherings and industry-specific seminars, the association will organise the first annual Asia Wind Energy Conference during the Singapore International Energy Week in October 2017. It will be the first large scale regional event for the wind industry in Asia.
The association has already received support from various other associations in the renewable energy sector in the Asia Pacific region. “I am very pleased to hear about the setting up of the Asia Wind Energy Association and look forward to the collaboration between our Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore (SEAS) and Asia Wind Energy Association (AWEA). This partnership in the area of renewable energy development, networking between members and training can help us achieve our common goals of promoting industry development and emissions reduction,” said Edwin Khew, Chairman of the Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore.