The world’s largest producer of solar panels, Suntech Power Holdings Co., has announced the grid connection of South Asia’s largest photovoltaic power plant, which has an installed capacity of 44 MW and is located in Bang Pa-In, Ayutthaya, Thailand. The project is called ‘Sunny Bagchak’ and achieved grid connection on 4th September.
The project is owned by Bangchak Public Petroleum Co., Ltd (BCP), which is engaged in refining and marketing of petroleum products in Thailand. The solar modules for the project were supplied by Suntech, and the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract was undertaken by Solartron Public Co. Ltd.
In order to educate the community and local people about solar energy, an exhibition center has also been built at the site.
Mr. Bundit Sapianchai, Senior Executive Vice President of Bangchak Petroleum Public Co., Ltd, said: “The Sunny Bangchak project represents an important step in BCP’s aim to promote a green environment and sustainable business in Thailand. Our visitor center at the site will be a landmark for renewable education in Thailand. We chose Suntech because of their excellent track record around the world and their high-efficiency panels which are specifically suited to Thailand’s hot and humid climate.”
According to estimates, the project is expected to mitigate 32,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions and is expected to reduce import of 40,000 tonnes of coal annually. The project aims to achieve the Thailand government’s goal of meeting 20% of the total energy consumption from renewable energy sources from 2022.
“Thailand benefits from strong year-round solar radiation and immense government support and policies which makes it a viable location for solar power development,” said Smiti Mittal, engineer at a leading multinational solar engineering firm. “Many private developers have started investing in solar sector in Thailand. Thai government’s incentive program wherein solar power projects receive an adder tariff is driving the interest of companies in solar sector from all over the globe,” added Ms Mittal.
The country also houses the largest installation of 73 MW NED plant in the Lopburi district, which when fully commissioned will be one of the largest installations of its kind in the world.
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Mridul Chadha currently works as Head-News & Data at Climate Connect Limited, a market research and analytics firm in the renewable energy and carbon markets domain. He earned his Master’s in Technology degree from The Energy & Resources Institute in Renewable Energy Engineering and Management. He also has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering. Mridul has a keen interest in renewable energy sector in India and emerging carbon markets like China and Australia.