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Eyekandi Solar Co is a consortium of international solar energy experts, with a combined industry experience of more than 30 years. Together with our strong local team of engineers and professionals, we offer complete power solutions and consultation services for residential and commercial premises.

We offer custom in-house design and analysis of potential power generation and distribution for small and large scale projects.

As your Project Manager for energy solutions, we tailor make and build all power systems including FiT related PV rooftops.

With our focus on reducing the overall power consumption for your site, matched with state of the art modern PV systems, we can drastically reduce the cost of implementation and running cost.

At our core you will find our burning desire to be a creative force for achieving power security and independence for Thailand.

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Please contact Eyekandi solar if you have any questions related to solar energy and solar systems. We can do all jobs, from placing some garden lights on your property, to design and installation of solar roof top systems, Click below to explore more in depth of the Services we provide.

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11
Apr

Greenlots named New Energy Pioneer, Bloomberg

About Greenlots

Greenlots is building the all-electric mobility future by delivering the next-generation of grid-enabled EV smart charging solutions. We enable utilities, cities, businesses and automakers to deploy EV charging infrastructure at scale by offering real-time visibility and control of their charging fleet and transforming EVs into a flexible grid resource.”

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Winners of the New Energy Pioneer award 2018

They have recently been selected as a 2018 New Energy Pioneer by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). The winners are selected based on transformative potential and scale, technological innovation and business momentum. Greenlots’ award-winning SKY™ EV charging Network Software manages the activities between the grid and electric vehicles (EVs), EV chargers and solar and battery storage to enable a dynamic energy system that is more efficient and cleaner.

“At Greenlots, we’re dedicated to delivering cutting-edge technology to our customers,” said Brett Hauser, CEO of Greenlots. “Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s recognition of our success is gratifying because they have enormous credibility in our market. The award is further evidence that Greenlots has the top EV charging and grid management product.” Hauser will accept the award today at the Bloomberg Future of Energy Summit in New York.

Operating the largest open fast-charging network in North America, Greenlots provides EV charging software and expertise that enables utilities, cities, communities and automakers to deploy large-scale EV charging infrastructure. They provides utilities the ability to remotely control grid loads through smart charging, demand response and behind-the-meter energy storage solutions. By enabling utilities to manage complex energy loads, the company ensures that charging investments are strategic, accessible and future-proof to avoid stranded assets and to support widespread electric vehicle growth.

Recent achievements at Greenlots

Over the past 5 years, the company’s global network has delivered approximately 5 million kWh of energy over 500,000 charging sessions, reducing approximately 10 million pounds of CO2. In January, Volkswagen subsidiary Electrify America selected Greenlots as the sole provider for their network operating platform, which will manage Electrify America’s $2 billion network of high-power fast chargers that will expand highway and other EV charging capabilities across the United States. In addition, they were recently selected as a provider of cloud-based network services for Thailand‘s leading state-owned utility, the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT), alongside its ongoing work with BMW’s ChargeNow in Thailand.

Each year, BNEF identifies 10 cutting edge companies globally in the field of clean energy technology and innovation. A panel of industry experts chose Greenlots and the other winners.

The original article can be viewed here on the PR Newswire website.

05
Apr

Floating Solar Farm in Rayong and China

A giant pond inside SCG Chemicals’ plant at Rayong’s Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate was originally developed to deal with a water shortage crisis that tarnished their production about 10 years ago. The 20-rai pond (3.2 hectares), equivalent to about 10 football fields, has become an experimental site and the country’s first floating solar farm.
For visitors and viewers like us, it looks like a floating mirror in a dam. Almost half of it has been covered with about 3,400 photovoltaic cells to convert the sun’s energy into power. These cells stand on a special pontoon the company specifically built.

A floating solar farm is shown at a pond at SCG Chemicals plant in Rayong's Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate. (Photo courtesy SCG Chemicals)

A floating solar farm is shown at a pond at SCG Chemicals plant in Rayong’s Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate. (Photo courtesy SCG Chemicals)

The largest floating solar farm in the world is in the Chinese city of Huainan. It has been built on top of a former coal mine, which had become a lake after being flooded with groundwater. The 40-megawatt power plant consists of 120,000 solar panels covering an area of more than 160 football fields. The $45-million investment could help power 15,000 homes in China.

If you’re interested in having a look at the drone footage of the largest floating solar farm in the world, watch the clip!

Solar is an increasing industry, especially in Asia, and to see innovations like these, it gives us hope that it will only be rising in the coming years.

Contact us today for your personalised service and installation advice.

03
Apr

Will Thailand Give Renewable Energy a Chance?

Renewable Energy No More?

The Minister of Energy announced recently that the Thai government will no longer be purchasing electricity from renewable power projects for the next five years to come. The reason behind this is because such projects have caused retail electricity tariffs to increase by 20-25 satangs per unit, and the electricity system apparently has enough installed capacity for now.
If this policy was to be implemented, it will rewind a decade of success that Thailand has achieved on the path toward sustainable energy creation.

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Image provided by Bangkok Post: Monks pass by a solar farm in Ayutthaya. Renewable energy, incubated over the past decade, now is ready to hatch.

Over these past 10 years, Thailand became the leader in Southeast Asia of the renewable energy sector.
As the leader, we produced more clean energy, contributing to reduced greenhouse gas emissions, creating new jobs, utilising local resources, and spurring invaluable know-how and skills for the Thai energy industry.
Renewable energy is also beneficial to the entire electricity system in the country. The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) has showed how solar power plants have contributed to system peak load reduction, equivalent to around 1 gigawatt of power. This one gigawatt is about the size of a nuclear power plant, or three coal-fired power plants that we have not had to build because of this renewable energy option.

The subsidy for renewables in the past has benefited all Thai people. The problem is that these benefits have not been addressed or quantified by the policymakers. Therefore the argument that renewables cause rate increases is an argument that doesn’t tell the comeplete story.

“By design, the renewable energy subsidy should eventually be cancelled once it becomes competitive with conventional electricity sources. Indeed, we are at a point now where renewable power projects in Thailand may not need a subsidy like they did before.”

“Like eggs that are ready to be hatched, Thailand’s renewable power industry has incubated over the past decade. Just about when the eggs are ready to be hatched, the government should not freeze them. A tangible and fair policy would be to open electricity generation to competition by setting up a bidding process that allows renewable power projects to demonstrate their competitiveness with fossil-fuel based power plants.” 

The original article and opinion piece was supplied by the Bangkok Post. It was written by an independent Energy Consultant based in California, USA, named Sopitsuda Tongsopit, PHD.

Let us know how you feel about this and whether or not you’d be interested in going off-grid, or simply want to have the option to generate your own renewable energy for your home. Eyekandi-Solar is here to assist you!

21
Mar

Deregulation of Energy Purchased from Private Solar Rooftops Expected

Solar rooftop power can be purchased by the DAEDE

The Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency is expected to propose a project to the National Energy Policy Committee headed by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha next month, which is intended to purchase power generated from solar rooftops of households and commercial buildings.

Original article posted by Thai PBS English News

Deregulation Expected in April

The department chief Mr Praphon Wongtharua has been quoted in saying that, ‘in the initial stage, it was estimated that as much as 300 megawatts of electricity generated from solar rooftops would be purchased at a price not exceeding the price of energy sold by the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat)’.

The project which is now being decided on between the DAEDE and the energy regulatory committee before it is to be submitted to the energy policy committee chaired by the energy minister and, finally, the project will go to the National Energy Policy Committee for approval.

Mr Praphon disclosed that currently the private sector is capable of generating power from their solar rooftops for their own use at a cost relatively less than the price charged by either the metropolitan electricity authority or the provincial electricity authority.

However, he pointed out that ‘the private sector’s power generators would not gain the optimum benefits from solar rooftops if their leftover power cannot be sold into the power grid system’.

Purchase of energy from solar rooftops expected to be deregulated in April

Purchase of energy from solar rooftops expected to be deregulated in April

Benefits

It will be beneficial to the power producers if state utilities are allowed to buy energy from the private sector’s solar rooftops, he added.

The department has commissioned the Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, to conduct a study on the most appropriate format for the purchase of power generated from solar rooftops of the private sector.

There will be three categories of solar rooftop energy sellers: households, big commercial buildings of big factories, and medium-sized buildings or factories. The prices will be 2.30-2. 50 baht/ unit for households; which is less than one baht/unit for big buildings or factories; and one baht for medium-sized buildings or factories.

If you’re interested in having a solar rooftop installed on your household to enable you to benefit from this, don’t hesitate to contact us at Eyekandi-Solar!

20
Feb

Review from Jai Thep Festival, Chiang Mai

We recently took part in sponsoring a local festival in Chiang Mai, called the Jai Thep festival! We teamed up with our partners from Kovert! A local Skateboarding brand and skate ramp builders with an awesome bunch of guys n gals. We supplied our mini yellow solar truck to provide some power-from-the-sun charging equipment.

One of the great organisers from the event got in touch with us with a word of thanks. We’re very excited to be apart of the team again next year!

The Eyekandi Solar Mini Yellow Truck which provides power for charging applicances

The Eyekandi Solar Mini Yellow Truck which provides power for charging applicances

“To Eyekandi Solar 

Please pass on my gratitude to the team. I wanted to write a huge thank you to everyone that helped create something beautiful at Jai Thep. We are all so grateful. I cannot tell you how many comments we received on the yellow cars and on the skate ramp. Thank you so much, and I look forward to collaborating with you all in the future!” 

Yeah! We’ll be back… Thank you Jai Thep Festival peeps

19
Feb

Power of the Sun

Wandee Khunchornyakong built the first solar farm in Thailand eight years ago. Her company is now the largest solar power supplier in the region. See the original post here from the Bangkok Post

EARLY BIRD

Wandee Khunchornyakong always wakes up at around 5 am. As chairperson and CEO of Solar Power Company Group (SPCG), she likes to start her day when the sun rises.

Her working day ends late. She goes to bed at midnight. Hard work is her routine, which she has kept from a young age. She turns 60 this year, but retirement is not part of the plan.

Wandee built her first – and Thailand’s first – solar farm in 2010. Since then her company has grown in leaps and bounds. SPCG now has 43 subsidiaries. From its headquarters in Thong Lor, it manages 36 solar farms and has expanded the business to Japan and other ASEAN countries. Today SPCG is the largest solar-power-generating company in Southeast Asia.

As a working woman – one of only a handful in the energy industry – she never thought that her dream of generating clean energy would become the huge business it is now.

“I am not somebody who comes from a family with a big name. When I returned to work after early retirement, I chose a business that was innovative and of the kind that nobody had done before,” she said, recalling her original decision to set up the company in 2009.

Wandee had worked as an executive at several companies in different fields, including a solar-cell company. She stepped down in 2006, at the age of 48, to pursue a PhD in Educational Leadership at Suan Dusit University. She thought she would become a teacher in her senior years. But destiny had other plans.

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VISIONARY MIND

Back in 2008, the government announced a policy to promote renewable energy development. It offered a 25-year licence for private companies to operate solar-power plants and feed electricity to the utility grid of the Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA).

At that time, the solar-farm business was in its infancy and wasn’t a priority for financial creditors. For almost a year after the policy was announced, no company applied for a license.

When Wandee learned about the government’s initiative from Dr Piyasawat Amaranand, the former Energy Minister of Surayud Chulanont’s government, it motivated her to research the solar-power-plant business.

“I was interested in solar power because it’s a global trend. I know green technology will be the future for Thailand,” she said.

She spent months studying the business possibilities until she was certain she would have a chance at success. Thailand has strong solar-radiation levels throughout the year when compared to other countries in the region, and even developed countries where solar farms have been implemented, such as Germany and Japan.

“With the same investment for setting up a solar-power plant, a solar farm in Thailand will have more energy output, perhaps double to triple that of developed countries. I knew the possibility of success was high and the risk for failure was very low,” she said.

Get in touch with our Eyekandi Solar team to get a quote for your own solar installation.

30
Jan

Shining a light on Thailand’s electricity woes

Opening up the power market might hold the key to more efficient, less costly delivery of power to consumers.

Original article written by Yuthana Praiwan of the Bangkok Post. There is an expected 50% increase in Thailand’s electricity price in the up coming 10 years, from 3.66 to 5.50 baht! This may sounds somewhat alarming, however Mr Siri, the Thailand’s minister of Energy has mentioned that “The way to cut energy bills is not through subsidies, but by increasing the industry’s efficiency and innovation.” He is also quoted on saying that “we struck a balance between monopoly and free market, and let the ERC work out the rules of the game to let them compete fairly.” This was with regards to the issue of ‘monopoly’ in the energy sector. However, the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) was set up in 2007 for a transparent system of checks and balances to monitor the players in the sector.

Shining a light on Thailand's electricity woes

Shining a light on Thailand’s electricity woes

“We struck a balance between monopoly and free market, and let the ERC work out the rules of the game to let them compete fairly,” the energy minister says. The ERC opened up an auction for licences for renewable power for small power producers under firm-power purchase agreements (a SPP Hybrid firm), last year, when the first case study of a deregulated energy sector was launched. During that process, 300 megawatts was auctioned and the ERC received applications from more than 85 firms with a combined capacity of 2,464MW. To read the original Bangkok Post article and about Thailand’s electricity woes, click this link. To get a quote for your personal solar array, to start generating your own electricity, click here.

22
Jan

Energy storage a fix for renewables

Storage is not vital, but it is useful.

If the energy transition outlook, by DNV GL is correct, then almost three quarters of the electricity demand increase by 2050 will be generated by renewable energy. But with the expected increase in the renewable generation, comes a conflicting scenario: ‘How will power grids deal with the variability and intermittency of sources such as wind and PV?’

Advanced storage technologies might be able to offer good enough solutions, said Paul Gardner, segment director – Storage at DNV GL. “Storage is useful for that but it is not essential,” he said. “And on its own it is probably not sufficient to deal with the issues of high variability of, particularly wind and PV.”

 

Asian Power: Is energy storage

Asian Power:  energy storage a fix for renewables

Where storage technologies excel is in addressing the needs based on how long power needs to be stored. Gardner said ‘flywheels’ are excellent at storing power and delivering a big amount of power in a short amount of time. ‘Flow batteries’ are more suitable for applications that require power over extended periods, while ‘thermal storage’ can address even longer timescales.

Thermal storage, in particular, is a very economical solution for situations when the end use is also heat, said Gardner, and will be attractive to power grids that want to a good reason to build expensive storage facilities. At least until costs come down in the future, as the electrical vehicle market starts to find more efficient ways to produce energy batteries.

“I was in a battery manufacturing plant and it’s really very impressive how automated the manufacturing is,” said Gardner. “About 90% of the batteries that are being manufactured now for long term energy storage are being manufactured for electric vehicles.”

“So it is actually the electric vehicle market that is driving these manufacturing improvements, and those will drive the cost reductions” in energy storage, he added.

But aside from the cost hurdles, regulations are also slowing down adoption of storage technologies and, in effect, hinder the renewables integration. Gardner pointed out that in some countries, there have been “significant” delays in the ability to implement storage because of a lack of a common definition of what storage actually is.

What is storage?

“That sounds silly but, actually, it’s important because, in some countries, they operate through systems of licensees. So there are generator licensees, and network operator licensees, and there are energy supply licensees,” he said.

“In those licensed environments, it is not clear exactly where storage fits. If it can be considered as a generator, then that has different implications than if it is considered as something that a network operator can do. And that is important for storage because the inherent technology provides benefits both to generators and to network operators,” he added.

Factoring in the current high costs and regulatory roadblocks that energy storage still has to overcome, Gardner decided that the issue of renewables integration will likely be best addressed by other solutions. The limitations of storage in this regard is put on display when one considers creating larger-scale energy systems supplied completely by wind and PV in northern latitudes where there is greater seasonality in both renewable resources and energy demand.

“ If you wanted to have a 100% renewable system to supply that, you would end up building capacity that you would only use once in a blue moon – once every ten years in a really unfortunate set of circumstances. Now, you could do it, but it is a bit silly to build something very expensive that you are only going to use one in a decade,” said Gardner.

“There are other solutions and those solutions, typically, are greater electrical interconnection across countries and between countries, and even between continents eventually,” he added, citing efforts by manufacturers to make gas turbines more flexible, and developments in the area of demand site management. “All these options are competing with storage for providing the necessary services to run grids with high penetration available in renewables.”

Click here to read the original Asian Power article and here to get a quote from Eyekandi-Solar.

19
Jan

Nexif Energy to supply EGAT with 110MW

The energy project could reach the financial close by the first quarter this year.

Nexif Energy has announced that it has signed an engineering, procurement and construction contract for its 110 megawatt (MW) cogeneration project in Rayong Province, Thailand’s. Nexif was granted the project in June 2017 and is making progress fast, towards achieving financial close by the end of March 2018.

The project is set to provide electricity to the Electricity Generation Authority of Thailand (EGAT) under a 25-year power purchase agreement and supply energy to Asian industrial customers. It will be financed by a group of leading investors on a non-recourse basis with Standard Chartered Bank at the forefront of the financing section.

Nexif Energy providing power in Thailand

Nexif Energy providing power in Thailand

Ravi Chandran, Executive Vice President at Nexif Energy, stated, “Our project is well structured, as it is underwritten by a long term PPA with creditworthy off-taker, has long term gas supply contracts with a leading gas supplier and has the ability to supply electricity and steam to industrial customers. We look forward to completing remaining permitting and financing by first quarter 2018.”

The turn key engineering, procurement and construction fixed price  Contract was signed by a group of Korean construction companies consisting of Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Co., Ltd (“Doosan”) and SC Engineering Co., Ltd. It includes the supply and build of a General Electric 6FA gas turbine operating in combined cycle with a Doosan DST-G20 steam turbine.

 

16
Jan

Southeast Asia’s solar industry thrives despite market expectations

The solar explosion may be diminishing in some countries, but definitely not in Southeast Asia.

When forecasters noticed slower solar PV installations worldwide in 2017, when developed markets neared saturation, it put investors under loads of stress to determine whether Southeast Asia would be the next fountain of solar growth. Analysts can speculate the potential of this region of approximately 600 million people, especially as governments and developers have started to understand the strict regulations, outdated technology and poor infrastructure that has been diminishing the investment in the Southeast Asian solar projects. But the sheer amount of work to be done puts the region a long way off from reaching a solar renaissance.

“As renewables markets mature, renewables investors are looking to new markets for their next source of growth. Solar PV generation has great potential and has been the most attractive renewable energy source amongst the Southeast Asian nations,” said Eric Ho, director at Renewable Energie Singapore. “Growth prospects are tremendous in Southeast Asia with a combination of fast-growing economies with resulting investment in manufacturing, transportation and energy infrastructure, rapid growth in electricity demand and good solar resource,” he further stated, noting that annual solar radiation levels in the region ranges from 1,460 to 1,900 kWh/m2 per year.

Asian Power: Southeast Asia's solar industry thrives despite market expectations

Asian Power: Southeast Asia’s solar industry thrives despite market expectations

Feed in Tariff to expand and Thailand to be the role model

Feed-in tariff (FiT) schemes have been helpful to the solar PV growth in Southeast Asia. In Thailand, which is by far the largest producer of solar energy in the region as there is strong government support, solar capacity has increased in the past three years, from 1,299MW in 2014, and 2,021MW in 2015, to over 2,800MW in 2016, which is higher than those of all other Southeast Asian countries combined. Thailand is not looking to slow down its solar PV expansion anytime soon. They have a target to have installed 6,000MW by 2036. The country is also becoming a regional role model for Southeast Asian nations that are starting to scale up their programs.

“Because of Thailand’s experience with large solar farms and its promoting policies, it forms a hub for PV testing services and a source for information. Solar energy projects are offered the highest feed-in tariff (FiT) subsidies,” said Ho. “In the past years, several FiT programs for smaller solar energy projects were created with very attractive rates. By giving the highest FiTs to the smallest producers, the government aimed to promote green energy communities and small-scale rooftop programs.”

Investors are also heading over to the Philippines, which, since the launch of the FiT program a few years ago, had no solar industry. The fast pace of Solar expansion in the Philippines, made them one of the the top 10 markets in the world. “The FiT program drove solar PV development in the Philippines into high gear,” Ho noted. “Solar PV is expected to reach 3 GW of utility solar by 2022.”

Dave Maslin, country manager for OWL Energy, believed that the FiT process generated investor interest when it was first shown but it was far from perfect. It was believed that the process had problems with transparency and guidance. “After securing a service contract and Department of Energy (DOE) approval on its commerciality, the project developers were caught in a limbo: It had no obligation to proceed but had the go-signal to begin construction.”

Solar in Southeast Asia, Thailand in particular, is thriving. In order for you to jump on the band wagon, get in contact with us and we’ll help you to get set up.

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