May 2, 2013: REC announces that it will deliver 72MW of solar panels for the construction of six solar power plants in Thailand, to be located in Nakhon Pathom and Suphan Buri provinces.
"We have made dedicated efforts in recent years to strengthen our global solar business and to significantly expand our presence in growing markets like Southeast Asia. We are glad to see that our efforts are now materializing," said Luc Graré, Senior Vice President Solar Sales and Marketing, REC.
The 293,040 REC Peak Energy Series solar panels to be installed at the SolarCo power plants will bring the number of REC's large-scale installations in Thailand to seven. "We are very proud that REC solar panels were selected for these projects and that we are now the market leader with almost 82 MW in this attractive and sun-drenched region of Southeast Asia," commented Jenvit Jivakulchainan, Managing Director Thailand, REC.
The plants will be owned and operated by Yanhee EGCO Holding, while Italthai Engineering Co., Ltd. and Phoenix Solar Pte Ltd. will share engineering, procurement and construction responsibilities. "REC has a strong reputation and their high-performing solar panels allow for optimal land use by providing higher yields," said Pongsapat Theppratuangthip, Senior Vice President, EGCO. "We are confident that the solar plants we build will reliably maximize our return on investment while generating clean, renewable energy for Thailand."
Around half of Thailand's primary electricity needs are supplied by imports, so the country is understandably keen to generate more itself. The aim is to have 25% of electricity needs met by renewable sources by 2021. Each year, the ground-mounted SolarCo systems will feed 57,000 MWh into Thailand's power grid and reduce the country's CO2 footprint by almost 66,000 metric tons. The produced electricity will be sold to Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) under a Very Small Power Producer (VSPP) contract.