Conergy has signed a contract with B.Grimm Power Limited, one of Thailands leading energy producers, to construct an 8 MW solar power plant in the eastern province of Sa Kaeo.
The 176,000-square meter solar park is one of a number of installations that Conergy is developing with private domestic power producers.
With abundant year-round sunshine and also the availability of highly suitable sites for solar power plants, Thailand is leading the way in ASEAN [Association of Southeast Asian Nations] in terms of increasing its capacity to produce energy from renewable sources, said Alexander Lenz, Conergys president for Asia and the Middle East.
B.Grimm Power President Preeyanart Soontornwata described the new partnership as a significant move for the company. The provision of clean, reliable and affordable electricity for Thailands 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, she said.
Conergy signed the agreement with B.Grimm in Bangkok in June and is gearing up to begin the engineering and component supply work. The mechanical completion of the project is due in December. Conergy will be responsible for the planning, engineering, design and component supply of the solar plant. The company will work with local company Ensys Group on on the construction of the plant.
Once completed, a total of 25,800 solar modules will produce more than 12,000 megawatt hours of electricity annually, sufficient power to supply over 5,300 homes.
The deal is in line with the governments goal of achieving a 20% renewable energy share in the next two decades.
The Thai government wants to meet 20% of the countrys energy requirements using renewable energy sources by the year 2036, Lenz said. 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.
Lenz added that the new solar installations would bring Conergys total contracted volume in the 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.
Conergy has built more than 100 MW of solar electricity capacity across Thailand in key locations such as Ayutthaya, Lop Buri, Suphanburi and Kanchanaburi.