Global solar power experts Conergy have signed a new contract with B.Grimm Power Limited, one of Thailand’s foremost energy producers, to construct a solar power plant with an 8MWp capacity in Sa Kaeo province in support of the government’s mission to have 20 percent of the country’s energy needs supplied by renewable sources by 2036.
The 176,000-square meter solar park is one of numerous installations being developed by Conergy in partnership with private domestic power producers and is geared to exploit the natural sunlight available and help create a sustainable renewable energy supply that will contribute to the Kingdom’s future economic growth and also reduce the use of fossil fuels, thereby preserving and enhancing the environment. The radical reduction of CO2 emissions created in traditional fossil-fuel electricity generation is a guiding ambition.
“With abundant year-round sunshine and also the availability of highly suitable sites for solar power plants, Thailand is leading the way in ASEAN in terms of increasing its capacity to produce energy from renewable sources,” said Conergy’s President for Asia & ME, Alexander Lenz.
“By partnering with visionary companies such as B.Grimm Power Limited, Conergy is able to integrate its global expertise and experience into Thailand’s dynamic program to focus on renewable energy and reduce the country’s dependence on fossil fuels. The bold investment in renewable energy from solar sources is a long-term initiative that will continue to pay dividends for decades and help ensure a sustainable energy supply for future generations,” said Lenz.
Appropriately, the provincial seal of Sa Kaeo province shows the sun rising over the Khmer temple ruins of Prasart Kao Noi Si Chom Poo, indicating the importance of the sun to the fast-growing province situated in the East of Thailand.
B.Grimm Power Limited’s President, Mrs. Preeyanart Soontornwata, said the new partnership was a significant move for the company, one of Thailand’s private power-generation pioneers.
“The provision of clean, reliable and affordable electricity for Thailand’s national power grids and hundreds of large manufacturing enterprises is a long-term mission for B.Grimm and we are constantly seeking new partnerships with like-minded companies such as Conergy. Together we can help build a sustainable future for the country,” said B.Grimm Power Limited’s President.
Conergy will begin the engineering and component supply work shortly, after the contract was signed in Bangkok in June. The deadline for the mechanical completion of the project is December 2015. Conergy will be responsible for the planning, engineering, design as well as the component supply of the solar plant. They will be working with local partner, the Ensys Group for the on-ground construction.
Once completed, a total of 25,800 solar modules will produce more than 12,000 megawatt hours of clean electricity annually, sufficient power to supply over 5,300 homes. Conergy’s calculations show that the new solar power plant will provide the equivalent electricity that would have created 7,400 tons of CO2 emissions annually if produced using fossil fuels.
“The Thai government wants to meet 20 percent of the country’s energy requirements using renewable energy sources by the year 2036. This is providing a baseline of support to the development of a solar energy market in Thailand. The country currently still imports about half of the national energy needs at high costs. These new solar installations will bring Conergy’s total contracted volume in this fast-growing Asian market to nearly 130 MWp and contribute to the gradual reduction of both dependence on energy imports and their costs for the government,” said Lenz.
Conergy has built more than 100 MWp of solar electricity capacity across Thailand in key locations such as Ayutthaya, Lop Buri, Suphanburi and Kanchanaburi.