Together with Annex Power, the Bangkok-based systems integrator, Conergy will build what will be its third solar power plant on Thai soil in the space of a year. The 12.4MW solar park in Nakhon Pathom province, which will cover an area of 268,500m2, follows on from the recently-completed 3MW Ayutthaya solar park, constructed for the investors Yanhee Solar and Ratchaburi Electricity, which have entered into a joint venture agreement to develop solar energy parks in Thailand.
The 12.4MW plant will be comprised of 56,000 Conergy PowerPlus Premium modules set on over 56km of Conergy SolarLinea mounting systems. Over 200 Conergy IPG 15T string and 25 IPG 300C central inverters will also be utilised to feed the 19,500MWh of annual energy production into the grid. This energy will be used to supply more than 7,700 Thai households with solar electricity.
Backing solar projects such as this, the Thai energy authority, the Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency (DEDE), has revealed its intention to review the existing solar incentive scheme in the country, so that smaller residential systems can also benefit from the feed-in tariff. This path of action comes on the back of extremely volatile energy prices in the country which could, according to the authority, lead to an increase of 12-14% of the renewable energy production.
Dr. Supot Sumritvanitcha, founder and CEO of Yanhee Solar said, “The current situation into Japan shows once again that we are on the right track with the increased investment into solar energy in Thailand. For me, it is a good feeling when our country, the environment and the global economy benefits from our investment.”
“Furthermore, solar energy offers excellent returns for investors – especially if you have such highly efficient partners as we have. We have been extremely pleased with Conergy and Annex Power's performance with our first large-scale solar project in terms of quality, delivery and value. They have the technology and all the right people in place to deliver excellent quality from optimized systems design to on-schedule construction” continued Sumritvanitcha.
“This conscious decision for Conergy quality components shows that even in the price-sensitive Asian market, quality plays an increasingly important role. With our comprehensive services, we deliver far more than just components. Our unique Output Insurance solution, underwritten by a third party insurance company, covers up to 90% of all yields for up to 10 years – previously this was almost inconceivable in Asia and now creates an outstanding planning and investment security,” concluded Alexander Lenz, president of Conergy South East Asia & Middle East.