Sonnedix completes 9.5MW Thai plant

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Solar power producer Sonnedix has surpassed 100MW of installed solar capacity following the completion of a 9.5MW solar plant in the Mae Chan district in Chiang Rai, northern Thailand.

The plant was constructed by CH Karnchang and Assyce Fotovoltaica. Sonnedix previously completed a 7.5MW plant with Assyce in the north west province of Nakhon Ratchasima. REC solar modules numbering 41,000 and 16 ABB inverters were used in the construction. Long-term bank debt was provided by Krung Thai Bank on a non-recourse project finance basis.

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The Chiang Rai Solar Plant is claimed to supply enough electricity to meet the annual needs of about 7,200 average Thai homes. It is expected to generate more than 14,400MWh of clean electricity per year, offsetting carbon dioxide emissions of more than 10,000 tons a year.

“We intend to pursue our growth in Thailand and Asia as one of its leading independent solar power producers. As solar PV power in Thailand keeps growing, considering the local community’s requirements are a key element to successful integration,” said Sonnedix Chairman, Franck Constant.

Sonnedix is also donating and installing PV solar systems at local schools.

“Regardless of our growth, we cannot forget our environment, and ‘giving back’ to the community is an important and necessary pledge to our long-term relationship,” said Constant.

The company said the plant is the largest built to date in northern Thailand. Future projects in Thailand include Phono Solar and Symbior Energy’s plans for a 40MW PV project and Conergy’s proposals to construct a further 31.5MW in the country.

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