Political changes over the last four years and the recent death of King Bhumibol has brought some inertia to the Thailand market, but industry members expect the market will return to strong growth in the second half of 2017.
Integrated PV manufacturer and project developer ReneSola continues to suffer from the slowdown in demand in China, reporting lower than expected revenue and shipments in the third quarter that led to a net loss for the first time in a year.
Hawaiian Electric Company’s Customer Self-Supply (CSS) scheme for rooftop solar is showing an increase in demand. By mid-November, 322 applications had been filed for the programme that allows homeowners with rooftop solar panels to export power from the grid.
Choosing good quality solar equipment will be essential to keep the solar industry sustainable in Southeast Asia, according to Wandee Khunchornyakong Juljarern, chairwoman and chief executive, SPCG, the largest solar installer in Thailand.
Household solar systems have taken hold in Laos, but PV deployment on a grand-scale is being held back by a focus on hydropower, according to delegates at the Solar & Off-Grid Renewables Southeast Asia Event, in Bangkok.