Schneider Electric has set its sights on having 100MW of its solar power conversion systems operating in Thailand by the end of 2013.
With Thailand having recently increased its solar goal and approved a feed-in tariff for rooftop PV, the France-based manufacturer said it was targeting installations on business and residential buildings as the next phase of its strategy in the country.
Parinya Phongrattanakul, vice president for energy and infrastructure, Schneider Electric Thailand, said that the company had been active in Thailand since 2010, focusing on ground-mounted arrays, but was now looking to expand its scope.
“With the government’s new policy measures, Schneider Electric is also looking forward to providing products specially designed for residential houses, commercial, and industrial building customers that require installations in the 3 kW – 10 MW range,” he said.
Schneider said it was working with various partners on solar projects in Kamphaeng Phet, Ubon Rachathani, Tak, Sukhothai and Ayutthaya Province – 100MW in total.
Marc Lees, Schneider Electric’s head of solar, East Asia, said: With the government’s target to generate 3,000 MW of solar energy by 2021, Thailand will be at the forefront of solar technology deployment in South-East Asia and become a good model for solar energy policy for neighbouring countries to follow.”
A recent report by the Thai Ministry of Energy's Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency Department found that 50% of the country receives 18-19 mega joules of energy per square meter a day.