First Solar, Prime Road Group complete 18MW pipeline of solar farms in Thailand

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The 18MW co-op project is comprised of over 158,500 First Solar thin-film PV modules. Image: First Solar

Prime Road Group and First Solar announced Tuesday that it has completed four solar farms totalling 18MW of capacity in Thailand. 

Located across the Ayutthaya and Pathum Thani Province, the Prime Road Group Co-Op Project is comprised of over 158,500 First Solar thin-film PV modules to produce approximately 29,600 GWh of clean energy in its first year of operation.

Developed under Thailand’s Governmental Agency and Agricultural Cooperatives Program, the completion of the project marks an important milestone for the country as it continues to build up its installed solar PV capacity and target 30% renewable energy by 2036.

Thailand-based developer Prime Road Group partnered with First Solar as the module supplier and Bouygues-Thai Ltd – a subsidiary of the French Bouygues Group – provided engineering, procurement and construction services.

The 18MW project will produce enough clean energy to power 12,000 homes in Thailand and displace approximately 14,000 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide annually.

Surachet Chaipatamanont, Prime Road Group’s director, said: “We have developed a broad range of renewable energy projects in Thailand and Japan, and the Prime Road Group Co-Op Project adds to our growing regional portfolio of high-quality solar farms developed, owned and operated by our group. First Solar’s thin-film technology was selected for Prime Road Group Co-Op Project because of its superior energy performance attributes compared to traditional solar modules, making it suitable for the hot and humid conditions in Thailand.”

Robert Bartrop, First Solar’s director of business development in Southeast Asia and China, added: “The completion represents a significant installation of First Solar modules in Southeast Asia, and we congratulate Prime Road Group and Bouygues-Thai on the successful delivery of this milestone project today. First Solar’s partnership with the Prime Road Group Co-Op Project reflects the value of First Solar technology in hot and humid climates such as Thailand, and we look forward to supporting future projects and the country’s renewable energy targets.”

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