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29
Sep

Will Thailand be the next major electric vehicles manufacturer?

Incredible news has graced us recently with the word out that Thailand will have 1.2 million electric cars on the roads by 2036!

Thailand is quietly but successfully becoming the forefront in electric vehicle (EV) production and technology in the ASEAN region, as they have recently received investment from some of the biggest auto manufactures namely BMW, Nissan, and Toyota.

The Thai authorities are completely on board with this move toward environmentally friendly vehicles as this shows in the waiving of tariffs for imported EVs, offering incentives for EV part manufacturing and assembly, as well as promoting the establishment of charging stations nationwide, as we have seen in one of our previous blog posts: EA to build charging stations.

The approved tax incentives will promote production of 3 types of electric cars including hybrid electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and battery electric vehicles.

Thailand board of investment

Thailand board of investment

Click here, to view the original article written by prweb: Thailand Emerges As New Production Hub For Electric Vehicles

26
Sep

Households allowed to sell power?

Word is out that by the end of the year, the so called ‘restriction on households and commercial buildings selling power generated by their solar rooftops to state utilities’ will be deregulated, and will be allowed to start selling their power to the grid! Great news!

According to the Thai Energy Ministry, the buying rate will be fixed at below 2.6 baht per kilowatt-hour.

At present, private actors are allowed to sell power to EGAT (Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand) through auctions under the small power producer (SPP) or very small power producer (VSPP) project.

A solar panel installed on a commercial building in Nakhon Ratchasima province. New rules will open the door for detached houses, warehouses, factories and offices to sell their leftover solar power.

A solar panel installed on a commercial building in Nakhon Ratchasima province. New rules will open the door for detached houses, warehouses, factories and offices to sell their leftover solar power.

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.

Click here to view the original Bangkok Post article spreading this great news…

20
Sep

Solar Future is still BRIGHT

Although the government has not yet sent a clear signal for when it will start buying solar power generated from private buildings and households, the boom in solar rooftops in that segment has started, say industry officials.

Solar panels are seen on the rooftops of Thammasat University, among the organisations that have installed the solar system to generate their own power.

Solar panels are seen on the rooftops of Thammasat University, among the organisations that have installed the solar system to generate their own power.

With the cost of installing solar on rooftops having dropped by 50%, there has been a steady increase in the amount of businesses, households and institutions wanting to generate their own power. This is despite the fact the the government still does not allow you to sell your self-generated power back to the grid.

Two SET-listed energy firms are offering new purchasing models to help residents afford their own solar rooftops, allowing several payment types including hire-purchase, similar to auto leasing companies.

Solar power generation in Thailand has reached 2,990 megawatts, of which 2,860MW is from solar farms and 130MW from solar rooftop installations at households and businesses.

Energy policymakers are expected to finalise the process to deregulate solar rooftops and allow residents to sell power back to state utilities by the end of this year.

PTT Plc, the national oil and gas conglomerate, is also looking to get in on the action, as it has installed solar rooftops at 10 petrol stations via a joint effort with its power and utilities subsidiary Global Power Synergy Plc.

It is awesome to hear that oil and gas companies are also doing their part for the benefit of the environment.

 

17
Sep

SEEKING SUSTAINABLE SOLAR POWER FOR URBAN THAILAND 4.0

This article is written by journalist, Dana Blouin, she is a correspondent journalist for the KhaosodEnglish.com news website. Dana went to a few expos in Thailand to find out about the various issues which unfold in the solar industry, specifically in tropical regions.

To find out even more about the issues which the solar industry faces, Dana spoke to assistant professor Siriroj Sirisukprasert, a power systems expert from the department of Electrical Engineering and Faculty of Engineering at Kasetsart University.

An electric tuk tuk seen here last month during the annual Techsauce Summit in Bangkok.

An electric tuk tuk seen here last month during the annual Techsauce Summit in Bangkok.

“In a tropical country such as Thailand, raising temperature at photovoltaic, or PV, panels play important role to their efficiency reduction. Temperature coefficient of maximum power is what you need to look for. Generally, PV panels are rated at Standard Test Conditions of 25 degrees,” he said. “The difference between the operating temperature and 25 degrees will tell you how low the maximum power will go. In Thailand, a 30 degree difference can be easily seen. That means a 12 to 15 percent reduction from its maximum power. To handle this concern, appropriated PV ventilation is needed.“

To simplify, most PVs are rated for 25 degrees, but in Thailand those operating temperatures can be significantly higher and that causes the panels to produce less electricity. Siriroj concluded by saying that “appropriate ventilation is needed”.

Ventilation is another one of the major challenges urban solar installations face. It’s much easier to get airflow around a valley full of panels when you can mount them as high away from the ground as needed, on a building, that is not an option in most cases.

“Thailand is already leading the region is solar capacity – and that’s fantastic. I hope to see the trend continue and to see it include urban solar projects that look to add both capacity and stability to grids as well as the economy,” Dana commented.

Read More here…

14
Sep

Philippines: President Duterte inaugurates expanded 800MW Philippines solar module factory

‘Filipino president Rodrigo Duterte, on August 23rd, inaugurated the Philippines first solar module manufacturing facility with an expanded capacity of 800MW at Santo Tomas, Batangas, owned by renewable energy firm Solar Philippines.

Solar Philippines launched the factory as a 200MW plant in March and has since then expanded the facility to 800MW.

Leandro Leviste, founder and CEO of Solar Phippines, told PV Tech that the company already has three OEM agreements with Chinese companies for manufacturing and exporting the majority of the panels to both the US and Europe.

Solar Philippines CEO Leandro Leviste presents a “Duterte Edition” solar panel to President Rodrigo Duterte. Also on stage are DOE Secretary Alfonso Cusi, PEZA Director General Charito Plaza, and Solar Philippines COO Roy Oyco. Credit: Solar Philippines

Solar Philippines CEO Leandro Leviste presents a “Duterte Edition” solar panel to President Rodrigo Duterte. Also on stage are DOE Secretary Alfonso Cusi, PEZA Director General Charito Plaza, and Solar Philippines COO Roy Oyco. Credit: Solar Philippines

In both these markets there are existing tariffs against imports directly from China.

The firm entered the PV manufacturing space following the closing of two factories run by US firm SunPower in the Philippines. Back in March a company spokesperson told PV Tech that the factory is managed and staffed by the former team of SunPower Philippines.

Earlier this year, the firm started construction on the first utility-scale solar project to be combined with battery energy storage in the Philippines, with 150MW of PV and a 50MWh battery at Concepcion, Tarlac, using modules from the Batangas factory. Commisioning is due in the next few months.

Leviste added that the firm is working on an off-grid 8MWh energy storage project combined with 4MW of solar in the island Mindoro. This solar, diesel and battery micro-grid project will be able to power a whole town and again Leviste believes it will be the largest such project in Asia.

Leviste said the firm is set to install 200MW of solar PV this year, followed by 500MW in 2018, at tariffs as low as US$0.058/kWh, which he claimed could be the lowest in the region. The firm also recently submitted proposals to the country’s utilities for the replacing of plans for large capacities of traditional power generation with 5GW of solar.

In a release, Leviste said: “Filipinos can save 30% on electricity. The average family paying 3,000 pesos will see their bill decrease to 2,000 pesos a month, and now with the latest batteries, entire towns can use solar energy for 24-hours a day.”

 

Click here to see more of this article, and information about improved Solar Tech coming from the Philippines!

12
Sep

EA to build charging stations – Bangkok Post

An S.E.T listed renewable energy firm, Energy Absolute Plc (EA), has announced their plans to develop and operate charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs) for the first time in Thailand, allocating 600 million baht to set up charging stations nationwide over the next couple of years.

An electric car being charged at PTT's electric vehicle charging station, which opened earlier this month on Chaiyaphruek Road, Nonthaburi. KITJA APICHONROJAREK

An electric car being charged at PTT’s electric vehicle charging station, which opened earlier this month on Chaiyaphruek Road, Nonthaburi. KITJA APICHONROJAREK

With huge development of the EV sector, Thai people are expecting to see EV charging stations across the country within the next two years. EMN has launched two charging stations as pilot projects since midyear at Siam Paragon and Siam Center (Bangkok), which provide charging service free of charge until October this year.

The EV charging rate is expected to be in line with the electricity rate approved by the Energy Regulatory Commission recently.

The government policy calls for 1.2 million units of EVs on the roads by 2036, up from only a handful now.

To read more about the electric vehicle increase in Thailand, and to find the charging station nearest to you, click here!

10
Sep

India could have 25% renewables by 2030 with a million solar jobs

“India could become the fourth largest market for renewable energy in the world by 2030 with 25% renewables in its energy mix, according to a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).”

The study ‘Renewable energy prospects for India’ picked out solar as having a key role to play becoming the country’s second largest source of renewables generation by 2030 with a 16% share, followed by wind (14%) and hydro (7%). Biofuels, often overlooked in the media discussion of renewables, were tabbed as having a huge 62% chunk of the total renewables capacity due their ability to be used in multiple applications including transport, electricity generation and heating.

"India could become the fourth largest market for renewable energy in the world by 2030 with 25% renewables in its energy mix, according to a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)."

“India could become the fourth largest market for renewable energy in the world by 2030 with 25% renewables in its energy mix, according to a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).”

The report noted that increasing deployment of renewables would result in 12 times more savings for the economy than its costs by 2030, combined with other benefits in job creation, health and environment. IRENA cited studies indicating that India could have over a million jobs in solar energy and over 180,000 in wind energy just by 2022. But to achieve this, India urgently needs to address and training and skills development shortfall.

The projected renewables additions would also lower the demand for coal and oil products between 17-23% in the same period.’

Click here to read more about India’s growing Solar Industry

08
Sep

Thai renewables company BCPG looks homeward for $1 billion spending budget

BCPG logo

Bangchak Corporation Public Company $1 billion renewable energy investment

BCPG, the renewable energy off-spring of Thailand’s Bangchak Corporation plans to invest $1 billion throughout the next 5 years with 40 percent of that planned for domestic power projects after many years of spending money overseas.

In order to achieve its target of owning 1,000 megawatts (MW) of renewable generation capacity by 2020, BCPG will have to posses an additional 400 MW of capacity.

Thai renewables company BCPG looks homeward for $1 billion spending budget

Thai renewables company BCPG looks homeward for $1 billion spending budget

BCPG is planning to build 150 MW of the new 400 MW capacity in Thailand, focusing on biomass and rooftop solar power investments. The remaining capacity would probably be an investment in wind power projects around Thailand.

BCPG plans to use the rooftop solar projects as a way to bring the micro-grid concept to Thailand. The photovoltaic panels on residential and industrial properties will produce renewable electricity that will then be sold back to nearby consumers connected to the local grid.

Learn more from the following interview, “Thai renewables company BCPG looks homeward for $1 billion spending budget”.

05
Sep

PEA opens electric vehicle charging point

Are you an owner of an Electric Vehicle (EV)?

Head on down to the Provincial Energy Authority (PEA) office in Nakhon Ratchasima, northeastern Thailand to charge your electric vehicle for free! The charging station has a “quick-charge” technology which is able to recharge the battery of an electric vehicle for a 100-km run in about 20 minutes.

More of these charging stations will be opening up soon, 11 in total. Look out for two stations in the North, three in the South, two in the East, one in the West and two in the Northeast of Thailand.

PEA opens electric-vehicle charging station in Nakhon Ratchasima

PEA opens electric-vehicle charging station in Nakhon Ratchasima

Soon you will be able to find these stations around the country along the major tourism routes and the PEA will launch an app to allow electric car owners to learn details about the stations.

Until the end of this year, charging your electric vehicles will be free of charge, between 6am and 1pm.

Read more from the original article here

03
Sep

Electricity Rates to be Adjusted – Thailand

Updates needed for Base Factor and Fuel Tariff rates

The ERC (Energy Regulatory Commission) has two categories of power calculation: The base factor, which is revised every five years, and the Fuel tariff rate, which is adjusted every four months. One of the factors which reduce power production costs include the declining development costs of renewable energy, particularly solar power.

Base factor and fuel tariff updates needed

Base factor and fuel tariff updates needed

For the development of the backup rate that was expected to be charged to Thai solar power developers, Mr Viraphol, spokesman for the ERC, said feasibility studies are being conducted to sort out that issue. He said the backup rate is unlikely to be imposed on Thai solar farm operators for at least two years.

Because of all the price changes in the Energy Sector, where costs are fluctuating and improving, there is a grave need to adjust these factors which effect the end-users pockets. Read this article to view how it is going to impact you!