Opportunities in the Thai Solar Energy sector

A significant increase in Thai Solar Energy since 2010 has seen a climb from almost nothing to a total of 3 GW of solar installations in the country! This already satisfies half of their target for the year 2036… 

There have been seven opportunties outlined by the prestigious International Lawyers. Pugnatorius which we have inlcuded below. To see the original article written by Praktikantin, click here.

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seven opportunites

  1. New solar tenders: There will be new public tender procedures to develop more solar farms in Thailand. It can be expected that the bidding processes in 2018 will have more strict regulatory requirements concerning the location, capacity, PPA conditions, and overall feasibility of the tenders.

  2.  Off-market solar farms: Many solar energy projects are realized off-market and outside of a formal public tender process. Foreign investors will need a close connection and cooperation with a Thai partner and may have to adjust their business policies to local standards. Keeping the projects local have an advantage for the Thai economy!

  3. Acquisition of existing solar farms: During the last few years there was a flourishing trade of electricity production licenses and power purchase agreements, several semi-finished or already established and electricity producing solar farms are now for sale. These projects can be acquired through an asset acquisition or the transfer of the shares in the solar farm company.

  4. Utilization of own rooftops: As a cost-effective way to leverage solar energy, commercial and industrial property owners are allowed to install solar panels onto their own roofs and to produce electricity “behind-the-meter” for self-consumption. See one of Eyekandi-Solar’s previous post. Such investment can be delivered, financed and maintained by third parties under EPC (Engineering, Procurement, and Construction), O&M (Operating & Maintenance) and finance agreements.

  5. Solar rooftop investments: Under Thailand’s upcoming solar rooftop legislation, (foreign) investors and developers are (hopefully) allowed (i) to cooperate with commercial and industrial rooftop owners, (ii) to generate electricity, (iii) to sell the electricity to the grid (net metering) and (iv) to enter into power purchase agreements with commercial and industrial parties (C&I PPA).

  6. Floating solar farms: As the Third Way, the development of floating solar arrays (floatovoltaics) should be the next big thing. New projects are available and provide for an attractive return on investment, independently from the pending rooftop legislation. Details can be found at “Floating solar farms in Thailand“. Eyekandi-Solar recently wrote about the floating solar farm in Rayong, see article here.

  7.  Internet of (Solar) Energy: Internet of Energy (IoE) means the implementation of Internet of Things (IoT) technology with distributed energy systems to optimize the efficiency of the generation, transmission, and utilization of electricity. As soon as Thailand and its regulatory framework are ready for a peer-to-peer energy trading community, every person can trade their energy directly, using a blockchain technology without any middleman. Are you familiar with SolarCoin?

    Solar coin

Are there any opportunities which they may have missed, that you feel are important to highlight? Get in touch with us and let us know.


Solar Rooftop Project Plans revealed by CPF

CPF will install Thailand’s largest solar rooftop to promote sustainable energy consumption

In 2017, Thailand announced it’s intentions to migrate toward digital change. Most of their strength has been put into technological advances such as: internet banking, e-commerce and electric vehicles. Only a few people know that actually one of the largest digital changes in Thailand are being made in Suburbia. 

Charoen Pokphands Foods (CPF)’s Nakhon Ratchasima chicken broiler complex is located approximately 300 kilometers northeast from Bangkok. This broiler complex is among one of the most innovative chicken complexes in the world, producing millions of broilers per week for consumers in Thailand, Aisa and abroad.

CPF unveils solar rooftop project plans

CPF unveils solar rooftop project plans

Inside the Chicken Coooo

The broiler complex in Nakhon Ratchasima is equipped with the most updated technologies in the poultry business. These innovations are playing very important roles in giving the world class food safety, animal welfare and traceability.

The complex is designed in a compartment model which is in line with the World Organisation of Animal Health (OIE). This compartmentalisation strategy is to separate all facilities within the complex from each other under common biosecurity to avoid contamination and an epidemic.

Processes (sensitive to Vegan viewers)

The new born chicks are transported from the hatchery facilities to broiler house by trucks with air ventilation designed specifically for preventing external contamination.

During the chickens’ lifetimes, they live in a controlled environment with an automatic feeding system which also provides comfort and necessary monitoring.

Dr. Payungsak Somyanontanakul, CPF’s vice president and animal welfare expert, explained that, “besides enhancing strict biosecurity, these technologies can significantly improve the living environment within the complex.”

“We believe the best quality products must come from the cleanest and healthiest environment. Farmers will no longer need antibiotics growth promoter for healthy and happy chickens,” he continued.

“It is company’s policy that farm animals must be free from hungry and thirsty, discomfort, pain, injury and disease, fear and distress, and being able to express normal behavior,” he said.

All broilers are farmed with the Evaporative Cooling System (EVAP), a technology that controls the temperature, moisture and even gives accurate day and night atmospheres within the chicken house which enables a comfortable life for the chickens, in a tropical climate like Thailand’s.

An unlimited amount of food and water is given to the chickens through a machine, while scales are installed inside the chicken house for their entertainment as well as for collection of necessary data. This data is monitored with live broadcasting.

The future of digital farming

CPF has recently announced its partnership with JDA Software, Inc., a leading supply chain software developer, to accelerate its digital supply chain transformation.

Prasit Boondoungprasert, CPF’s chief operating officer, said “the company is moving toward digitalization to improve the efficiency in the operation and provide better consumer satisfaction.”

The Solar Rooftop

CPF invests in ‘largest solar rooftop scheme in Thailand’

CPF invests in ‘largest solar rooftop scheme in Thailand’

CPF has signed an agreement with Gunkul Engineering, which will invest in 100% of the project.

The project, CPF says, will allow it to produce food in an environmentally friendly way. The company aims to work in accordance with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to ensure that production is energy-efficient. The solar rooftops will be set up at all CPFs’ manufacturing plants.

The installation will reduce CPFs’ greenhouse gas emissions by 28,000 equivalent tonnes of CO2, which CPF states will benefit its renewable manufacturing setup and Thailand’s environment. So far, the company notes that it has reduced its emissions by more than 79,000 equivalent tonnes of CO2 in line with its commitment to sustainability.

To view the original article published on July 4th by, click here