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SE Asia is happily leapfrogging right over some technologies to use the latest and best so this isn't a huge surprise, pleasing though it is. Little villages that never had mains electricity or copper-network telephones have jumped straight to solar-powered microgrids and mobile phones.
And renewable energy is now cost-competitive with fossil fuels in many markets and applications, e.g. https://cleantechnica.com/2015/04/13/so ... er-prices/. Decisions being made on purely economic grounds end up favouring solar and wind, and the reduction in CO2 emissions is a bonus rather than the primary reason.
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