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The Globe as you know it is changing.

Since 2007, Southeast Asia Globe has been a space for some of the region’s best writers and photographers to take our readers behind the headlines into the stories that shape people’s lives. Every month, you could expect to pick up our latest print edition and find high-quality journalism, analysis and artwork waiting on every page. And since 2007, we’ve fought to uphold our promise of quality and independence to you, our readers.

But, like we said, the world is changing. Print publications just aren’t reaching the audiences they need to fulfil their promise of informing, educating and entertaining the public. Advertisers continue to invest in digital platforms while printing costs creep ever higher. Print may not be dead, but it’s fighting for its life. And we’re tired of waiting by a sickbed for its condition to improve. We want to be present at the birth of something new.

That’s why Southeast Asia Globe is relaunching as a member-driven platform featuring daily long-form features combining world-class journalism with enthralling art design and data-centered tech. Through our core pillars – Power, Money, Life and Earth – we are focusing in on the central issues that our readers have always engaged with most, with the same in-depth coverage of politics, business, social affairs and the environment that you’ve come to expect since 2007.

But leaving print behind us doesn’t just save our backs from lugging stacks of magazines across Southeast Asia. It opens up a global readership who don’t just want to read the news, but have a say in the stories that we tell and the way that we tell them. We’re not asking you to take out another magazine subscription – our stories are open to all. What we’re offering our members is a space where they can pitch and vote on the stories that they think deserve to be told. We want to inspire an engaged and active community of members who vote for, comment on and contribute to the stories that matter most to them. We want to work with our members to curate the way they engage with the news – not just as readers, but as an active extension of our editorial team.

That’s how we’re changing to bring you great stories. Here’s how we’re not.

We’re independent. Always have been, always will be. We’re not owned by any corporation or aligned with any state. We choose the stories that we tell, and the way that we tell them.

We’re creative. We’re not interested in churning out breaking news stories on the hour, every hour. We believe that the best stories are the ones that come alive on the page, digging deeper into the issues that shape Southeast Asia – and bringing you along for the ride. From our dedicated designers to our new software development team, our commitment is to constantly challenge ourselves to find new ways of reaching out to our readers.

We’re open. Challenging governments, NGOs and businesses to be transparent with the public means nothing if we keep our own readers in the dark. That’s why we will be completely open about why we tell the stories that we tell – and how we pay for them. Work with us to build something that endures where many media fail, and decide with us exactly where that money is going.

Above all, we’re optimistic. And yeah, we know what you’re thinking. Faced with impending climate collapse, the rise of right-wing authoritarian governments across the world, widening wealth and income inequality and deepening divisions rooted in race or gender or creed, it’s hard not to open the papers and feel the weight of the world pressing down. But we wouldn’t be doing this if we didn’t believe that when people work together, they can make their little corner of the world a more just, open and equal place.

And that’s why we can’t do this without you. We believe that across the globe is a community of people who care deeply about social justice, environmental action and press freedom – and who will join in to help make those ideals a reality. We’re not just holding our hand out – we need your voice to play a vital role in building Southeast Asia Globe into a leading space for progressive causes in the region. Tell us what stories the mainstream media is missing. Share with us the causes that matter most to you, and how we can champion those causes not just across Southeast Asia, but the world.

Our vision is clear. By 2025, we want to be recognised for building a great space for outstanding journalists from across the region to explore new ways of telling Southeast Asia’s most vital stories. Let’s bring together a community of engaged and loyal members who want to help reshape the media rather than just read it. And we want to reach a point where our readers, not advertisers, are the ones working to support our shared vision of an inclusive media.

We can’t do this without you. Let’s get together and build something that we all believe in.

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Jinko Solar / ‘Solar is going to become the new primary energy in the world’

By: Thomas Brent - Posted on: October 31, 2018 | Cambodia

China-based Jinko Solar is the largest solar panel manufacturer in the world. The company is supplying solar panels for the huge Dau Tieng solar plant in Vietnam, and also recently came to an agreement with SchneiTec to build a 60MW solar plant in Cambodia. Southeast Asia Globe speaks to Jinko Solar business development manager Warren Lee about the rising popularity of solar and the region’s renewable energy potential

Jinko Solar business development manager Warren Lee says Southeast Asia has a very strong, rich solar irradiance, which makes the region a key market Photo: Jinko Solar

The 420MW Dau Tieng project in Vietnam will become the largest solar power project in Southeast Asia when it is complete. Jinko Solar will provide 240MW of solar modules. Is Southeast Asia considered an emerging market in terms of solar power?
Yes. Southeast Asia has never been a strong economic powerhouse in terms of the renewable energy sector, but in the last three years we have seen this dramatic push by a  lot of the Southeast Asian governments towards renewable. Because the cost of solar has come down considerably in the last few years, you can see an increase in electrical demand. And that is a key factor in why solar is always a strong contender in any renewable energy [market].

Solar power is increasingly becoming a cheaper option. Many say this is due to the advancement of technology, but could you break this down a little more and give some examples or reasons why this is the case?
The main thing would be economy of scale. If you look at [solar] ten years ago, there wasn’t a very big demand because it was a new technology. [Now], education has improved in terms of getting the information out there and people know that the technology can be trusted, so the demand has increased dramatically. And of course, the technological improvements to increase efficiency make it more affordable, and there has been advancements in the supply chain and lowering of financial costs which makes everything more affordable.

Financial cost relating to the technology?
Relating to the technology from raw material as well as the loans that the banks are willing to give. Either from the Asian Development Bank or specific banks locally in the country.

This article is part of a series promoting the use of clean energy, in advance of Clean Energy Week in Cambodia and Inspire Asean – The Future of Energy in Phnom Penh on 7 November, 2018. Click here to register for the event
Lee (L) says that the Dau Tieng project in Vietnam will help the country to be less dependent on non-renewable resources

Going back to the Dau Tieng project, how much of an impact will this project have on Vietnam’s power sector? For example, will it allow Vietnam to become less dependent on unclean energy resources?
Less dependent on traditional energy sources, definitely. And based on our internal tracking, Vietnam is going to reach close to 2GW of renewable solar energy within the next two years and that is going to be a marked difference in how much renewable energy vietnam actually consumes.  It’ll be less dependant on conventional resources.

What about other markets in Asia, for example, China?
China as [a] market has always been huge. I mean, in the last few years the total volume and total demand just in China is more than the rest of the world combined.

China has always been  exceptional in terms of its outlook [regarding] renewable energy, but [it is beginning] in Southeast Asia too. I just came back from [a four-day conference in Malaysia], and the minister of energy came out to the show everyday. In the past we didn’t see [ministers] so often, but this minister came out everyday and she made a speech saying that the government is fully focused in pushing for renewable energy in the market.

You can see that the governments [around Southeast Asia] are more involved in renewable energy. It used to be very private, only the private sector gets involved but now governments are starting to step in.

In the bigger picture, how important will solar power be in the future of energy?
I think solar is going to become, not just a primary new energy, but the new primary energy. I think solar will become really a primary source of energy for most of the countries in the world. And we can see the demand really starting to increase and we can really see that happening. It’s not going to be in the next couple of years but in the foreseeable future, sure.