Thailand extends PV rooftop FiT deadline

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The Thai government has extended the deadline for rooftop PV installations wishing to qualify for feed-in tariff support to December 2013.

A spokeswoman for Thailand's Energy Policy and Planning Office (EPPO) confirmed to PV Tech any installations completed after this deadline will not receive the tariff.

The original deadline of 21 January 2013 was met with complaints from the private sector that the time needed for the licence applications meant installations could not be completed in time.

The EPPO said falling module prices due to oversupply from China, keeping overall system prices steady, meant enough stability for the government to meet further FiT costs, and extend the deadline from 21 January.

The current tariff for household installations (0-10kW) is THB6.96p (US$0.22) per kWh, for 10kW-450kW the tariff is THB6.555 and for 450kW-1MW installations the rate is THB6.16/kWh fed into the grid, for a period of 25 years.

Applications to receive the tariff will be accepted from 23 September 2013 to 11 October 2013 and successful applicants will be announced from the 14 October 2013.

Applicants must also apply for an electricity generation licence, must complete installations within about 30 days and must supply power by 31 December 2013.

The EPPO said no prices for utility-scale projects have been confirmed and no tariff or further subsidy after December 2013 is expected.

It has also been reported that the energy minister, Pongsak Ruktapongpisal, is considering raising Thailand’s targets for solar installations if the FiT is inundated with applications.

The government has already approved plans to increase Thailand’s renewables target, including a new goal of 3GW for PV installations by 2021, up from the previous target of 2GW.

Minister Ruktapongpisal is reported to want Thailand to aim for 20,000 residential PV installations and is seeking agreements with financial institutions to offer solar installation leases, according to The Bangkok Post.

Pongsak Ruktapongpisal has been invited to delivery the keynote address at Solar Energy Southeast Asia in December, organised by PV Tech’s publisher Solar Media. Further information is available here

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