PV module and inverter manufacturer, Proinso, has announced that it has established a base in Bangkok, Thailand to serve Southeast Asia’s fastest growing solar market. From here the company intends to extend its reach in Asia even further, with possible development into Vietnam, Laos, The Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia by the end of next year.
Proinso’s global network employs over 2000 qualified installers and has operations in the US, UK, France, Germany, China, Canada and Italy. The large majority, 88%, of the company’s revenue comes from its US and European networks, while emerging markets comprise just 5% of sales.
Proinso have announced that David Carten will head the new centre as director of operations and sales. He has 14 years of international solar industry experience. Carten commented, “Just in the last year Thai electrical authorities have approved close to 700 MWs of Power Purchase Agreements for grid connected solar power plants and with solar power now cheaper than diesel in many areas, we will see the emergence of new important markets, all across Southeast Asia. The present cost of Solar has now reached the point where we can make a significant contribution to the electrification of those areas that rely entirely on fossil fuels.”
Proinso have already accumulated a global install total of more than 1.1GW for their products and Asian PV markets look set to top 10,000MW of projects in the next two years.