Module manufacturer Yingli will develop utility-scale and distributed solar projects in Thailand as part of a consortium that includes Chinese telecoms giant Huawei.
The pair, along with Thailand’s KBank and Spanish integrator, Solventia Solar, have agreed to tap into the burgeoning Thai market. The government has set a 3GW solar power target for 2021 as part of efforts to meet 20% of its energy demand from renewable resources by 2022.
“Yingli's collaboration with KBank, Huawei and Solventia Solar Energy is designed to accelerate solar power's expansion in Thailand by simplifying PV deployment for power suppliers and consumers,” said Angie Koh, managing director, Yingli Singapore. “As industry leaders, our companies' cooperation will help establish Thailand as an innovative regional leader in the transition to a clean, low-carbon future.”
IT and telecoms firm Huawei has been extending its presence as an inverter manufacturer beyond China with a number of European deals announced this year.
“Through collaboration our companies will be able to execute each critical aspect of PV deployment, from manufacturing to construction,” commented Jesus Vazquez, chief executive officer, Solventia Solar. “Our aim is to provide the best quality of service in solar PV to our clients and to local communities, transforming Thailand into a self-sufficient and more sustainable society.”
Last month PV Tech’s publisher Solar Media organised a conference in Bangkok with a number of South East Asia’s key decision makers present.
Dr. Dusit Kruangam, member of the National Reform Council, managing director of Thai Solar Future Council and chairman for Thai PV Industries Association told PV Tech that the country was looking to involve the public in future energy planning.