Bouygyes Construction and solar energy producer Soleq Solar Thailand have signed a contract worth approximately US$50 million for three PV plants in the Tak and Sukhothai provinces of north-east Thailand.
Subject to Soleq Solar Thailand obtaining finance, the three solar farms will be equipped with more than 100,000 PV panels covering over 60 hectares and will deliver annual production of approximately 45GWh, equivalent to the annual consumption of the households in a Thai city of 90,000 people. Each site is expected to have a peak power of 10MW.
This project is in addition to Soleq Solar Thailand’s joint venture with German renewable energy specialist juwi to construct five PV plants in Thailand with a total capacity of 48MW. These plants will be located in the Thai provinces of Kamphaeng Phet in the northwest and Ubon Ratchathani in the east.
Subsidiaries Bouygues Energies & Services and Bouygues Thai will be responsible for operating and maintaining the solar farms for a period of five years.
The design and construction works, which will involve 450 people onsite at peak periods, will begin next month. Handover is scheduled for the end of 2013.
With rapidly growing energy needs, Thailand is one of the most promising markets in Asia for the renewable energies sector. The country's government has set itself the target of covering 25% of the territory's energy consumption with renewable energies by 2021.