Sharp has signed an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to construct a 52MW DC photovoltaic (PV) plant in Thailand for Thai company Serm Sang Palang Ngan (SSP).
The plant will be built in the Lop Buri province, around 150km north of Bangkok. Construction is expected to begin this month, scheduled for completion by the end of 2014.
Sharp will also supply 400,000 silicon (a-Si) thin-film modules to the installation as well as balance of system (BOS) components. Sharp claims that its thin-film modules are designed to “offer superior performance characteristics under high temperatures”.
The plant, SSP Solar Farm, will cover a 130 hectare site. Italian-Thai Development Public Company (ITD) and its affiliate ITE will collaborate with Sharp on construction and the design of SSP Solar Farm. Sharp Solar Maintenance Asia, a subsidiary of the Japanese company, will provide operations and maintenance (O&M) which will be overseen by SSP.
Sharp has recently consolidated its PV manufacturing activities in Japan, having recently announced plans to close module assembly facilities in Memphis, USA and Wrexham, United Kingdom, in recent months.