Bloomberg reported the worst floods in Thailand for 70 years, yet, this has not stopped Conergy’s continued installation of solar parks in the kingdom. It has secured a contract for a 9MW solar park in Pak Thong Chai in the province of Nakhon Ratchasima, 250km north east of Bangkok. The company will be acting as general contractor for the project as well as being responsible for planning and engineering and for supplying the components for the 79,000 square metre park.
Recently, Conergy constructed a 3MW solar park in Ayutthaya, which has been severely affected by the floods. Electronic firms including Hitachi, Honda and Sanyo were forced to shut down until the factories dried leaving thousands unemployed. Conergy has not reported any issues with its facility.
Working with local company Ensys, Conergy will be installing over 64,000 thin-film modules on 120km of Conergy SolarLinea mounting systems. 27 Conergy IPG 300C inverters in Conergy CIS central inverter stations will be feeding around 13,000MWh of clean energy into the Thai grid on completion of the project this coming summer. The plant will supply enough power for around 4,000 households and prevent the release of some 7,000 tons of damaging CO2 emissions in the country each year.
“All around the world, ongoing climate change is increasingly entailing natural disasters, as has happened recently in Thailand,” says Alexander Lenz, president of Southeast Asia and Middle East at Conergy. “These floods represented a great challenge for us – a challenge, however, that we have mastered and that is not stopping us from building further solar parks here. On the contrary. There is hardly a more convincing argument than these floods for solar as a sustainable and clean form of energy. Moreover, thanks to the comprehensive worry-free insurance, the investors of the existing parks have been protected against such flooding damages as well as the resulting interruption of the energy production.”
It is fortunate then, that the Thai government is encouraging solar power with plans to have achieved a solar market volume totalling 500MW of installed capacity by 2020. Contrary to developments in many European solar markets, the Thai energy authority has announced that it wants to review the existing support for solar “positively”. In future, small plants on private houses might possibly also benefit from the state-guaranteed feed-in tariffs besides the large solar plants – a promising outlook for the Asian Conergy team, which saw its sales increase by more than 60% in the first nine months of 2011.
Marc Lohoff, corporate VP and president for Conergy Asia Pacific & Middle East said, “The fact that they [South East Asia team] managed to secure this major order in spite of the unfortunate events in the country due to recent flood illustrates our strong position in this region – as well as in India, Australia and the Middle East. Our customers trust in our top-quality solutions and our knowhow, because they know that we realise highly efficient systems even in the most difficult environments and can even provide insurance if appropriate.”