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Households allowed to sell solar power

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The government will end the decade-long restriction on households and commercial buildings selling power generated by their solar rooftops to state utilities in the fourth quarter of the year.

Deregulation will open the door for detached houses, warehouses, factories and offices to sell their leftover capacity to the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat).

The buying rate is being fixed at below 2.6 baht per kilowatt-hour, according to the Energy Ministry.

At present, private actors are allowed to sell power to Egat through auctions under the small power producer (SPP) or very small power producer (VSPP) project.

Energy Minister Anantaporn Karnchanarat said the government is considering granting licences to residents and building owners.

The total capacity to be allowed, however, has yet to be finalised.

The licences and deregulation come after the previous solar deregulation project was scrapped when the military government came into power.

Gen Anantaporn said this could be another opportunity to let other solar-related businesses grow.

Initially, the purchasing rate that the state utilities will pay for surplus solar power from residents will be below 2.6 baht per kilowatt-hour, which is less than Egat charges for the fossil-based power it sells to consumers at about four baht per kilowatt-hour, he said.

The Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency has been appointed to set up details and conditions for granting licences and the process to buy back power from the residents.

Gen Anantaporn said policymakers need to deliberate over details because there are several types of solar rooftop and different technologies -- resulting in different sizes of solar rooftop projects at different power costs -- before figuring out the regulation and licensing process.

Prasert Sinsukprasert, deputy director-general of the Energy Policy and Planning Office, said the regulations should be approved by October.

The Energy Ministry had assigned Chulalongkorn University's Energy Research Institute (ERI) the task of conducting a feasibility study of the plan. The ERI found that the deregulation of solar rooftops and letting people generate their own power would create minimal revenue losses for state utilities.

ERI researcher Sopitsuda Tongsopit said solar rooftops are expected to have a minimal effect on state utilities in generating backup power, as total power-generating capacity for solar remains small compared with the overall amount of electricity in the country's power supply system.

Thailand has 2,990 megawatts of solar power installed. Some 2,960MW, as of July, is from solar farms, while an additional 130MW is from rooftops.

This post has been published: Bangkokpost.com

While Thailand seemed to outshine ASEAN in solar power in 2015, the developments in 2016 showed delays and uncertainties. However, after only 470 MW solar power had been installed in 2014 and 722 MW in 2015, according to the latest data officially published by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) 732 MW have been installed just in the first nine months of 2016. And 2017 promises to show real growth and continuing development. This opens seven (7) opportunities for foreign investors to participate in Thailand’s solar power energy.

Walking on sunshine: Thailand’s solar energy blueprint

Thailand is continuing its integrated energy blueprint, consisting of a gas plan, oil plan, the Energy Efficiency Plan (EEP), the Alternative Energy Development Plan (AEDP) and the Power Development Plan (PDP) with the Smart Grid Plan (SGP). The targeted percentage of renewable energy production seems to be increased in the future.

The political risk of a (retrospective) cancellation of renewable energy incentives is small, but not non-existing. Section 44 of the Interim Constitution (“S44IC”) will be still in place in 2017 and gives the army manned NCPO (National Committee for Peace and Order) full and uncontrolled authority to reshape the energy legislation and regulatory framework without grandfathering, loss compensation, legal or court protection.

Technical enhancements and cost reductions might bring governmental incentives to an end, should the production of photo-voltaic and the solar energy production reach competitiveness with traditional power production. The legal impacts of such technological improvement have to be awaited with excitement.

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A brief history of time in Thailand’s solar energy

The overall developments in Thailand’s legislation and governmental policy can be summarized as follows:

1993: Solar off-grid program for rural non-electrified areas for villages, schools, health care clinics and water pumping. 100% governmental support with regular maintenance, 30 MWp in total.

2007: Introducing of “Adder (Feed-in Premium)” policy for the VSPP and SPP for all renewable energy generation up to 90MWp. (Solar PV target: 500 MWp, Adder: 8 baht/kWh or 23 UScent/kWh for 10 years)

2010: Solar PV target: 2,000 MWp. Since there were huge applications, the Adder decreased to 6.5 baht/kWh (or 18.6 US cent/kWh) for 10 years and an application moratorium had been introduced since June 2010. 

2013: The solar PV target increased to 3,000 MWp. Solar farm: 2,000 MWp with Adder for 10 years. Solar Rooftop: 200 MWp with FiT 6-6.84 baht/kWh for 25 years. Solar for community 800 MWp with decreasing FiT for 25 years

2014: Solar PV target increased to 3,800 MWp. Solar farm 1,800 MWp with Adder for 10 years, solar farm 1,000MWp-applied before June 2010, changed from Adder for 10 years to FiT 5.66 baht/kWh for 25 years, solar rooftop 200 MWp with FiT 6-6.84 baht/kWh for 25 years and solar for community 800 MWp – changed to solar for governmental agencies and agricultural cooperatives – with FiT 5.66 baht/kWh for 25 years

2015: Phase 1 of the Agency and Agricultural Cooperatives Program (Agro-Solar)

2016: Pilot project for Solar PV rooftop (for self-consumption) of 100 MWp and phase 2 of the solar for government agencies and agricultural cooperatives. 67 projects have won the right to sell a combined 281.32 megawatts (MW) of solar power to the national electricity grid for 25 years. Under the 2016 pilot project, the Energy Policy Management Committee divided in a resolution as of February 24, 2016, the 100 MW into 10 MWp for households (below 10 kWp) and 40 MWp for commercial use for EGAT and PEA each.

Policy changes in 2017

1.  The new 40% target: Thailand’s current Alternative Energy Development Plan aims to promote alternative energy usage to 25% of energy consumption. Recently, energy policymakers seem to have revised this percentage to 40% of the country’s total power generating capacity by 2036. This new target would result in total renewable power-generating capacity to 40,000 MW in 2036, up from 19,600 MW under the previous plan. 

2. Firm, semi-firm and non-firm PPAs: Power purchasing agreements will change from non-firm to semi-firm or firm power delivery contracts. During peak times for the power source, the PPA will contain a legal obligation to supply electricity to the governmental utility. Possible quota are

  • 100% output at peak time
  • 65% output at off-peak

While “firm” means throughout the year, the “semi-firm” is defined as firm for six months of the year (including March till June) and non-firm for the remaining six months.

Underperformance might require the power producer to pay (liquidated?) damages. In addition, the terms and conditions of the PPA may be more flexible and subject to an aggressive bidding process. This will affect new licenses for solar, wind, biomass, biogas and waste-to-power energy PPAs with a combined capacity of 1,000 MW to be granted to investors this year.

3. Investor pre-screening: The ERC will screen investors for active business. Inactive investors are disqualified from current biddings. This has to be seen in the light of roughly 200 MW of projects that obtained licenses in 2016 but did not invest at all. The exact criteria for the activity test are not yet disclosed – and might not be fully disclosed in the future.

4. May 2017: Although the collapse in solar panel prices is an international commonness, Thailand’s solar industry requests an increase of the feed-in tariff rate from currently THB 4.12 to the rates of 2013 (THB 5.66) or even the THB 8.50 as of the year 2006.

Seven business opportunities to participate in Thailand’s second solar gold rush in 2017

Business case 1 – Agro-Solar 2: The year 2017 will see the realization of the delayed 518 MW Agro-Solar phase 2 tranche at a feed-in tariff rate of 5.66 baht/kWh over 25 years. These project will still require the cooperation with governmental agencies and agricultural cooperatives, which is far from being free and easy. Phase 2 caught public attention by a petition filed by 2,000 agriculture cooperatives to stop and drop embarrassing formalities of a public tender for a lucky draw decision by the government’s agency EPPO. At least the chances for a swift drive forward reach nearly zero.

Business case 2 – Agro-Solar 1: The successfully awarded 67 projects under the Agro-Solar phase 1 solar farm program with a combined capacity of 281 MW are on the market and some of them still open for a participation or joint venture.

Business case 3 – SPP hybrid firm (10+ – 50 MW): The Energy Policy and Planning Office (EPPO) will soon announce the new tender process “SPP hybrid firm” with a combined power-generating capacity of 300 MW. It will base on a firm PPA under which operators are obliged to supply an exact amount of power into the grid. To enable this, even when the sun does not shine, and the wind does not blow, the facility will have a biomass, biogas or similar energy generating facility backup, which results in its classification as a hybrid. FIT of THB 3.66(?)

Business case 4 – VSPP (max 10 MW): According to an announcement of the Energy Policy and Planning Office (EPPO) from November 2016, in 2017 solar farm licenses for VSPP will be granted to private firms (without governmental or quasi-governmental participation). The FiT will drop from 5.66 baht in 2016 to 4.12 baht in 2017 and 2018.

Solar, but also biomass and other renewable energy facilities with a total capacity of 289 MW will be the subject of VSPP licenses during this year. Terms and conditions to be announced soon by the ERC.

Do you like to know more? The law firm keeps foreign companies up-to-date on investment opportunities in Thailand’s energy and infrastructure sectors in its newsletter “Seven Opportunities“. Further information is available here.

Business case 5 – SPP non-firm (10+ – 90 MW): Power producing licenses to solar farm SPP (small power producer with a total power-generating capacity of 10-90MW) are currently under consideration.

Business case 6 – Rooftop with license: Thailand’s energy policymakers started to provide the private sector with better access to the state solar rooftop program in an attempt to promote the use of solar power. The program is now allowing private companies to apply for solar rooftop development licenses. Currently, companies are still barred from selling power back to utilities. Households and factories may be allowed to sell electricity from solar rooftops to the national power grid starting September 2017. It is yet undecided by the government whether this will need a license or not.

Business case 7 – Rooftop without a license: To go one step further, the solar power production for self-consumption (without the need for a power production license) will most likely gain relevance and importance. This relates in particular to solar rooftop PV facilities which currently have roughly 5% of Thailand’s total solar markets. Net metering and a smart grid concept are buzzwords for new technologies and policies.

The solar energy market in Thailand is still very active. PVTECH, the London-based solar industry authority wrote about our solar energy 2017 research <here> Our insights had been published in the Thailand Country Report of the Asian Power Magazine <here>. Ask the law firm for more details and a comprehensive support and legal assistance of your alternative energy project. More about solar energy in Thailand at pugnatorius.com/category/solar

This post has been published: Pugnatorius Ltd.

3D-printed solar panels are the key to green energy in developing countries

Now that public interest in solar has skyrocketed, engineers have been rushing to find more flexible and durable alternatives to older solar panels. At the same time, the makeup of solar technology puts it in a unique position to provide power to dry, sun-soaked climates—many of which happen to be in energy-poor, developing nations.

Solar investment data shows that many developing nations understand the advantages of solar and are heeding the call. From 2011 to 2013, solar investments in nations outside of the G-20 grew rapidly, rising from 5.8% of the total global share to 8% by the end of 2013. According to The Pew Charitable Trusts, developing countries in Southeast Asia comprise a proportionally large share of these investments, with nations like Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines all appearing in the top ten non-G-20 investors. Perhaps not coincidentally, the energy demand in these areas is expected to outpace richer nations in the next 10 to 15 years, meaning that residents of these countries will need to find a viable power source quickly if they hope to survive in tomorrow’s economy.

For many developing nations, however, the challenge has lain in conventional solar cell manufacturing. Cells are very difficult to make; refining silicon is a hugely intensive process that requires excessively high temperatures. However, the introduction of 3D printed cells may change that. The idea of using 3D printing to create necessary equipment is not new—printing has already begun revolutionizing the medical industry by producing life-saving devices in impoverished countries, like Haiti. However, giving these communities access to steady, reliable electricity can permanently benefit both the health of residents, and the economic futures of these nations.

3D printing: New accessibility in the manufacturing process

A chief benefit of 3D-printed cells is that they use different materials for the conversion process. Rather than relying on highly purified crystalline silicon disks—the standard material for most solar cells—printed cells are made from a compound called perovskite, a hybrid organic-inorganic lead or tin halide-based material. That’s what makes 3D printed cells easier to produce, since the crystalline silicon that goes in solar cells must go through extensive refining before it can be used to generate energy.

In its natural state, silicon contains impurities that must be extracted before it can be as used as a solar conductor. To do that, the raw silicon is fed into a superheated electric arc furnace, which frequently requires temperatures above 1000°C. Additionally, most solar-cell production uses hazardous solvents to give the components the right dexterity and durability—which must be handled by trained professionals.

Understandably, some areas just don’t have the resources to achieve this level of technology manufacturing. Perovskite cells, by contrast, have a relatively simple production process. They’re made from miniscule crystals, using inexpensive raw materials that don’t need to be repeatedly refined before they’re usable. The crystalline structure allows the cells to be used for various applications, as well, since the crystals can be mixed into a “solar ink” and then printed onto glass, plastic, or other surface.

Off-grid power for remote communities

Developing nations actually may actually have a slight advantage over more developed countries when it comes to their energy grids. While developed nations like the U.S. have struggled to integrate solar energy into existing power grids, many emerging nations are what Pew terms “energy poor,” meaning that they don’t have access to modern electricity sources, relying instead on older technologies, like charcoal. In some rural areas, far-flung communities are simply too remote to provide reliable power. In other cases, the developing nations have struggled to construct electrical grids.

However, because off-grid solar energy is self-sustaining, solar can provide energy to areas that would be difficult to power without enormous infrastructure investments. That’s particularly true when you consider the technology advances the storage industry has witnessed over the past few years. New tools, such as compressed air systems and lithium-ion batteries, are being perfected so they can serve the energy needs of a home or larger community long-term. Nations like India and China are investing heavily in solar storage—unreliable grids and poor electric in many areas throughout Asia make these countries prime candidates for an energy makeover.

All in all, it’s estimated that 3D printing has the potential to provide energy to 1.3 billion people who are currently without modern electricity. Indeed, the UN has a goal of providing universal energy access across the globe by 2030—a goal that’s going to require heavy technological investments. Perovskite cells aren’t a miracle cure by any means, and developers are currently working on correcting their limitations, such as the cells’ tendency to disintegrate when they come in contact with moisture. Additionally, some energy advocates feel that 3D printers are too expensive for many emerging nations to afford, especially in the numbers that would be required to serve remote communities. However, given the massive shifts we’ve witnessed in the energy sector to date, anything is possible.

This post has been published: solarenergy.einnews.com

Pioneering solar manufacturer SolarWorld AG is insolvent. It is unclear whether the company’s U.S. subsidiary must now file as well.

Citing “ongoing price distortions” within the market and “no longer a positive forecast for the future”, Germany’s SolarWorld AG is filing for bankruptcy in local courts.

In a short statement released today, the company said that it is unable to meet its debt obligations.

The statement continued that the subsidiaries of SolarWorld AG will be assessed as to whether they can continue as an ongoing concern. This includes SolarWorld Americas, which hosts the largest crystalline silicon PV manufacturing facility in the Western Hemisphere in near Portland, Oregon.

Frank Asbeck, SolarWorld’s bellicose founder and CEO, described the insolvency as a “bitter step.” He thanked all SolarWorld employees for their “extraordinary struggle… for fair competition in the solar sector.” Asbeck said that the company had “set standards regarding quality, automation, and productivity” within the industry.

Unsurprisingly, Asbeck pointed to the role of “illegal price dumping” by Chinese producers in the SolarWorld’s downfall. The company had led the charge against what it characterized as unfair competition from Chinese producers in both the EU and U.S. The efforts had resulted in antidumping duties and tariffs being introduced in both solar marketplaces.

“The prices for solar cells and modules have crashed massively since the middle of last year,” said Asbeck. “Prospects have now also deteriorated for the coming months. Given this development, the strategic measures taken at the beginning of the year are not sufficient to maintain the positive continuation forecast confirmed in March.”

Addressing the issue of SolarWorld’s production facilities in Germany, Asbeck said the SolarWorld Management Board would “do everything we can to maintain as many jobs as possible.”

SolarWorld Americas declined to comment. pv magazine plans to provide additional coverage as more details become available.

Update: This article was updated at 1:02 PM EST on May 10 to feature the statement by Frank Asbeck.

This post has been published: Pv Magazine Usa

Electricity bills poised for increase Higher gas prices set to induce 4% hike

Electricity bills are set to rise throughout 2017 because of rising natural gas and oil prices, says the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC).

ERC commissioner and spokesman Veeraphol Jirapraditkul said natural gas accounts for almost 70% of Thailand's power-generating resources, and normally price rises lag six to nine months behind global oil prices.

Gas prices will start to affect power bills from the second period (May to August). Gas prices rose by 9.35 baht per million British thermal units (BTU) or 4% from the previous January-April period, to 244.58 baht per BTU.

As a result, a fuel tariff (Ft) rate hike for May to August was approved by the ERC, rising by 12.52 satang per kilowatt-hour (kWh), Mr Veeraphol said.

Power bills were set to increase by 17.83 satang per kWh, but the ERC said the rise in the Ft was offset by a drop in gas prices during the facilities shutdown for maintenance during the previous period, keeping the hike at 12.53 satang per kWh.

"The Ft rate is rising and will continue to increase gradually until early next year," he said.

The new Ft rate combined with a base factor for May-August means an average increase for all categories of power users (business, residence and public service) of 3.508 baht per kWh, up from 3.38 baht in the first period.

The average monthly power bill in the residential sector will increase by 3.7% or 16.50 baht for consumption of 124 kWh, some 477 baht. Residential users make up almost 90% of power users.

In related news, Mr Veeraphol said the ERC is conducting a study on the possibility of delaying the commercial operation date of National Power Supply Co's (NPS) coal-fired power plant with a combined capacity of 540 megawatts in Chachoengsao province.

NPS is wholly owned by a large pulp and paper maker, Advance Agro Plc (AA). AA won an auction in 2007 to be an independent power producer, allowing operation of a coal-fired power plant. But after the licence was granted, a new constitution was implemented in 2007 with a law requiring environmental and health impact assessments (EHIA) before operations could begin.

Approvals of EHIA by the Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning have sometimes taken more than a decade, and there is still no clear signal on when AA will receive approval.

It still has also not signed a power purchasing agreement with the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand.

This post has been published: Bangkok Post

 

Sun at zenith over Thailand in April

The sun will be at zenith in Bangkok on April 27, although it may not be the hottest day due to various factors, a senior official at the Science and Technology Ministry's National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (NARIT) said. During April-May, the sun will be at zenith in various provinces in Thailand starting from Yala's Betong district at 12.19pm on April 5 before moving upwards gradually, said NARIT deputy director Saran Poshyachinda.

Phuket will see the sun at zenith on April 10 at 12.28pm, Pattaya on April 24 at 12.15pm.

Bangkokians would see the sun at it's highest position - 90 degrees above their heads where shadows will be at the minimum level possible - at 12.16pm on April 27.

On May 19 at 12.17pm, the sun will be at zenith in Chiang Rai's Mae Sai district.

Although the sun will be at zenith, when areas will fully receive solar power, Saran said it will not neccesary mean that the temperature would be at the highest. Other factors, such as rain, clouds, monsoon influence and heat accumulation in the atmosphere could affect the intensity.

Countries in the tropical zone of Southeast Asia, including Thailand, see the sun at near zenith two days each year at most. The sun won't be at zenith in Bangkok again until August 16 at 12.24pm.

- See more at: http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/sun-zenith-over-thailand-april#sthash.yUnDCRFG.dpuf

Brisbane-based renewable energy investor Lyon Group will soon start building a AU$1 billion (US$767 million) solar-plus-storage farm in South Australia - the world’s largest.

The Riverland project will include 330MW of solar PV requiring AU$700 million investment alongside a 100MW/400MWh lithium-ion battery system costing between AU$200-300 million. This will also be Australia’s largest PV farm.

Various news outlets including the Australian Broadcasting Corporation have cited Lyon Group founding partner David Green speaking to reporters in Adelaide about the record-breaking project.

Green said the project would include 3.4 million solar panels and 1.1 million batteries. Lyon Group has secured land with construction set to kick off in June, requiring 270 workers, and commissioning due in December. It was reported that grid connection negotiations are at advanced stages.

The storage element of the project comes at an auspicious time given the multiple blackout issues that hit South Australia over the last few months, causing a fierce national debate about whether renewables were to blame. Even Tesla chief Elon Musk weighed in by offering to build a 100MW battery to solve the crisis, which he would provide free of cost if not commissioned within 100 days of being asked. Just a few days later the South Australian government announced plans to tender for a 100MW battery, emphasizing that there will be an open, competitive tender process. Lyon Group has reportedly already shown interest in participating.

Moreover, as more renewables come online all over the country, Australia’ s energy industry faces the impact of imminent closures of multiple old, coal-fired plants. For example, the Clean Energy Council today called for renewables and storage to replace the 1.6GW Hazelwood coal station in Victoria, which was closed this week.

Now Lyon Group, which is backed by Japanese giant Mitsubishi and Blackstone via US hedge fund Magnetar Capital, has announced its own separate storage plan for South Australia.

Green told reporters that the solar power generation will qualify for renewable energy subsidies of AU$84/MWh, additional to the wholesale market price. The project is also 100% equity financed.

Another 100MW battery at Kingfisher

Lyon Group had already announced last year another major solar-plus-storage project at Roxby Downs in South Australia.

The Kingfisher Project will include 120MW of solar costing AU$250 million and a 100MW/200MWh lithium-ion battery system requiring between AU$100-150 million investment. This will include 1.3 million PV panels and 1.1 million batteries again.

The battery will be connected to a grid that will power nearby mining activity. The project will also be connected to Australia’s wholesale market, the National Electricity Market (NEM). It is due to come into full operation by mid-2018.

Engineering firm Downer will carry out EPC, while US-based firm First Solar will carry out O&M activities.

Gamesa, a global technology leader in wind energy, continues to shore up its sales and product strategy, having secured the first order for its new turbine, the G126-2.625 MW, a product which delivers maximum output in low wind speed conditions.

More specifically, the company has entered into an agreement with Thailand's developer, Gunkul Engineering Public Company Limited, for the supply of 20 of these turbines (52.5 MW) at the Mittraphap wind farm, located in the province of Nakhon Ratchasima, in southern Thailand. PowerChina Zhongnan Engineering Corporation will carry out the engineering procurement and construction for this project.

The turbines are slated for delivery during the third quarter of this year and the project is due to be commissioned in the first quarter of 2018. In addition, Gamesa will maintain the complex for the next 10 years.

This agreement marks the company's third order in Thailand, having already been contracted to supply another 127.5 MW for this same customer. Gunkul Engineering Public Company Limited is the investment leader in renewable energy industry in Thailand. The company developed and invested in renewable energy including wind and solar power in ASEAN countries and Japan.

The G126, technological excellence

This new turbine combines a longer rotor (126 metres in diameter), nominal capacity of 2.5 MW or 2.625 MW and a range of tower heights to choose from (84, 102 and 129 metres, among other customisable features depending on site conditions).

Moreover, thanks to its extremely low power density, an outstanding capacity factor and a low cost of energy, this turbine boosts energy production with respect to the G114-2.0 MW turbine by up to 25%.Contract signed during the fourth quarter of 2016.

Original:
http://www.gamesacorp.com

Thailand Renewables Report Q1 2017

LONDON, Dec. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Includes 3 FREE quarterly updates

Driven by supportive policy and regulatory environment as well as government's commitment to diversify the country's power mix, Thailand's non-hydro renewables sector will register strong growth over the coming decade. Solar and biomass & waste sectors will see the fastest development, while wind power additions will be less notable. Despite robust growth forecasts, we hold our view that progress will be too slow to reach ambitious long-term renewables development targets set by the government.

Forecast and Latest Updates

- This quarter we have maintained our previous forecasts for Thailand's non-hydro renewables industry. We project the renewables capacity to rise from 3.3GW in 2015 to around 6.3GW by 2025. This growth will be largely fuelled by solar and biomass & waste sectors, while additions from wind power will remain limited.

- Non-hydro renewables generation will average 6.4% annual growth rate between 2016 and 2025, lifting the total generation figure to 16.3TWh by the end of our forecast period. Biomass & waste sector will remain the largest contributor, accounting for more than 60% to the total energy generation, with another 30% coming from solar by 2025.

- Thailand-based Techen Technologies started production at a photovoltaic (PV) panel manufacturing plant in Thailand in October 2016. Located in the eastern province of Chonburi, the factory has entailed an investment of around USD100mn. The facility has a capacity to manufacture 300MW of photovoltaic panels a year.

Download the full report: https://www.reportbuyer.com/product/1053092/

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Small solar energy producers face cut in rate

money thai MobileTHE National Energy Policy Committee yesterday agreed to reduce the tariff for small solar energy producers.

Energy Minister General Anantaporn Kanjanarat said the supreme energy board has resolved to revise the feed-in-tariff for very small power producers that use solar energy since production costs have come down significantly due to a reduction in the price of solar panels and related equipment. 

The new tariff will be Bt4.12 per kilowatt-hour (unit) for a purchase period of 25 years. The previous price was Bt5.66 per kilowatt-hour. Developers in the Southern border provinces will get a Bt0.50/unit premium.

The Energy Regulatory Commission will work with involved agencies to set targets in line with the Alternative Energy Development Plan 2015 and submit them to the NEPC.

The NEPC, chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, also acknowledged the latest results from PTTnegotiations which called for a 20 per cent reduction in the price it pays Shell Eastern Trading and BP Singapore for liquefied natural gas. The reduction will reduce the payments to Shell, during its 15-year contract, and BP's 20-year-contract by a combined total of Bt115 billion. 

 
The energy board also agreed that the Ministry of Energy would postpone the auction of expiring petroleum concessions due to delay in the amendments of the laws by the National Legislative Assembly. The board yesterday extended the auction process to next September.

Chevron's Thai unit holds concessions to operate the Erawan gas field, while PTTEP operates the Bongkot gas field. The two have combined production of 2.2 billion cubic feet per day, or 76 per cent of output in the Gulf of Thailand. The concessions are due to expire in 2022 and 2023 respectively.
 
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On Grid and Off Grid Explained

On Grid – Save Money

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All on grid systems worldwide require a working grid connection to function. In case of a powercut, the system will not function for safety reasons.


On Grid Plus – Save Money + Power Cut Protection

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This is on grid but with the benefit of battery backup to protect against power cuts. During a power cut you have power in the batteries sufficient to run a cut-down list of the appliances in your house for a period of time.


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Off Grid systems are for places with no possible connection to the grid.

 

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Households allowed to sell solar power

Households allowed to sell solar power

08 September 2017

Households allowed to sell solar power                       The government will end the decade-long restriction on households and commercial buildings selling power generated by their solar rooftops to state utilities in...

Seven opportunities: Thailand Solar Energy Update 2017

Seven opportunities: Thailand Solar Energy Update 2017

05 September 2017

While Thailand seemed to outshine ASEAN in solar power in 2015, the developments in 2016 showed delays and uncertainties. However, after only 470 MW solar power had been installed in 2014 and 722 MW in 2015, according to the latest data officially published...

3D-printed solar panels are the key to green energy in developing countries

3D-printed solar panels are the key to green energy in developing countries

25 August 2017

3D-printed solar panels are the key to green energy in developing countries Now that public interest in solar has skyrocketed, engineers have been rushing to find more flexible and durable alternatives to older solar panels. At the same time, the makeup of...

BREAKING: SolarWorld files for insolvency

BREAKING: SolarWorld files for insolvency

12 May 2017

Pioneering solar manufacturer SolarWorld AG is insolvent. It is unclear whether the company’s U.S. subsidiary must now file as well. Citing “ongoing price distortions” within the market and “no longer a positive forecast for the future”, Germany’s SolarWorld AG is...

Electricity bills poised for increase Higher gas prices set to induce 4% hike

Electricity bills poised for increase Higher gas prices set to induce 4% hike

21 April 2017

Electricity bills poised for increase Higher gas prices set to induce 4% hike Electricity bills are set to rise throughout 2017 because of rising natural gas and oil prices, says the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC). ERC commissioner and spokesman Veeraphol...

Sun at zenith over Thailand in April

Sun at zenith over Thailand in April

11 April 2017

Sun at zenith over Thailand in April The sun will be at zenith in Bangkok on April 27, although it may not be the hottest day due to various factors, a senior official at the Science and Technology Ministry's National...

Lyon Group to build world’s largest solar-plus-storage project in South Australia

Lyon Group to build world’s largest solar-plus-storage project in South Australia

03 April 2017

Brisbane-based renewable energy investor Lyon Group will soon start building a AU$1 billion (US$767 million) solar-plus-storage farm in South Australia - the world’s largest. The Riverland project will include 330MW of solar PV requiring AU$700 million investment alongside a 100MW/400MWh...

Gamesa secures début order for its G126-2.625 MW turbine: it will supply 52.5 MW in Thailand

Gamesa secures début order for its G126-2.625 MW turbine: it will supply 52.5 MW in Thailand

11 February 2017

Gamesa, a global technology leader in wind energy, continues to shore up its sales and product strategy, having secured the first order for its new turbine, the G126-2.625 MW, a product which delivers maximum output in low wind speed conditions....

Thailand Renewables Report Q1 2017

Thailand Renewables Report Q1 2017

21 December 2016

Thailand Renewables Report Q1 2017 LONDON, Dec. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Includes 3 FREE quarterly updates Driven by supportive policy and regulatory environment as well as government's commitment to diversify the country's power mix, Thailand's non-hydro renewables sector will register...

New feed-in-tariff for small power producers

New feed-in-tariff for small power producers

05 October 2016

Small solar energy producers face cut in rate THE National Energy Policy Committee yesterday agreed to reduce the tariff for small solar energy producers. Energy Minister General Anantaporn Kanjanarat said the supreme energy board has resolved to revise the feed-in-tariff...

Chiang Rai to promote alternative energy to achieve farming cost reductions

Chiang Rai to promote alternative energy to achieve farming cost reductions

29 August 2016

BANGKOK, 28 August 2016 — The province of Chiang Rai has been promoting the use of alternative energy to help achieve a sustainable reduction in farming costs.  Deputy Governor of Chiang Rai , Prajon Prajsakul chaired a seminar on Saturday...

The comeback of the sun: The solar rooftop projects

The comeback of the sun: The solar rooftop projects

15 July 2016

Thailand has a high potential to finance rooftop solar facilities in Thailand and to provide the customer with the panels, know how and infrastructure to accomplish the construction by a one-stop-shopping solution. Such business model can be limited to facilitate the self-consumption of...

THE COMEBACK OF THE SUN - THAILAND II: THE PROJECTS

THE COMEBACK OF THE SUN - THAILAND II: THE PROJECTS

15 July 2016

This post informs about projects in the solar industry with a focus on foreign investment opportunities. Updated project information and an overview about Thailand's regulatory framework can be found at http://pugnatorius.com/solar/  Here you find historical information about (i) the delayed Agro-Solar Project 2015/2016, (ii)...

Seraphim Attended Symposium on New Testing Standards of Solar Module and Materials organized by TÜV SÜD

Seraphim Attended Symposium on New Testing Standards of Solar Module and Materials organized by TÜV SÜD

12 July 2016

Recently, as one of the first companies applying the new testing standards, Seraphim was invited to the symposium on new standards of solar module and materials organized by TÜV SÜD. TÜV SÜD is a worldwide professional 3rd-party testing body, and...

Seraphim Solar Launches Higher Efficiency Module "Eclipse" Globally

Seraphim Solar Launches Higher Efficiency Module "Eclipse" Globally

03 June 2016

JACKSON, Miss., March 1, 2016 -- Seraphim Solar USA Manufacturing, Inc. (hereafter referred to as "Seraphim"), is proud to introduce our new high efficiency module the "Eclipse" to the global market. The product will be launched at PV Expo in...

Nanomaterials could double efficiency of solar cells by converting waste heat into usable energy

Nanomaterials could double efficiency of solar cells by converting waste heat into usable energy

31 May 2016

An experimental solar cell created by MIT researchers could massively increase the amount of power generated by a given area of panels, while simultaneously reducing the amount of waste heat. Even better, it sounds super cool when scientists talk about...

Trina Solar begins module production in Thailand

Trina Solar begins module production in Thailand

01 May 2016

The world’s largest PV maker has also signed $143 million in financing agreements for the factory in Rayong, Thailand.Trina Solar reports that it has begun production at its PV cell and module factory in Rayong Thailand, which has the capacity...

SMA unveils high voltage Tesla storage system

SMA unveils high voltage Tesla storage system

17 March 2016

German solar inverter giant SMA has unveiled its new Sunny Boy Storage 2.5 inverter, which can be coupled with Tesla’s PowerWall. SMA says that its AC coupled unit cuts Sunny Boy storage power electronic costs by half. Last week SMA...

Solar rooftops, electric vehicles okayed

Solar rooftops, electric vehicles okayed

16 March 2016

The government has approved a plan to allow houses and factories to generate a combined 100 megawatts of power from solar rooftops. The go-ahead will help reduce the government’s burden in electricity generation, while houses and factories will be able...

Private firms can develop solar rooftops

Private firms can develop solar rooftops

28 February 2016

Energy policymakers plan to give the private sector better access to the state solar rooftop programme in a bid to promote the use of solar power. The programme for businesses will be liberalised, allowing private companies to apply for solar...

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