Suntech will supply 34.5MW of solar panels for the first phase of what’s being called the largest photovoltaic solar power plant in Thailand and Southeast Asia. The 44MW site will be owned and operated by Bangchak Petroleum and integrated by Solartron Public, and will be located just outside of Bangkok.
”Renewable energy technologies are an integral component of Bangchak’s long-term development strategy,” said Anusorn Sangnimnuan, CEO of Bangchak Petroleum Public, at the launch event. ”We look forward to building our partnership with Suntech to develop more utility-scale solar projects in Southeast Asia.”
”For this historic project, we needed reliable solar modules with strong, dependable power performance,” said Patama Wongtoythong, CEO of Solartron. ”We were impressed by Suntech’s industry-leading power output warranty, backed by a global track record of high-performing installations.”
”Strong economic growth witnessed in markets like China and Thailand would not be possible without reliable access to electricity,” said Zhengrong Shi (pictured), Suntech’s founder, chairman and CEO. ”The reality is that fossil fuels alone are unable to provide long-term energy security to meet the soaring demands of Asia’s rising populations. Now is the time to rediscover nature’s cleanest and most abundant energy resource.”
The plant, which is expected to be complete by the end of 2011, will represent a major milestone in Thailand’s goal of sourcing 20% of its energy consumption from renewable sources by 2022.