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19
Jun

Thai Solar Pioneer, Inspiring Women Across Thailand

Inspiring story about a local Thai business woman and entrepreneur

Well known local Thai business woman and entrepreneur, Wandee Khunchornyakong Juljarern, has been interested in the solar industry for more than a decade. With experience in off grid installations, she continued to get rejected from banks and investors to fund her Solar Farm initiative. The excuses ranged from her age, to lack of experience in ‘commercial solar projects’.

“The more people say, ‘You should not try it, you should not take a risk,’ the more I want to do it,” Wandee said in an interview. Her goal was to prove Thailand could use solar energy, so that “we can change the form of energy production, instead of relying on only conventional means”.

Finally the Thai government announced permits for solar power plants that could feed into the grid,  and Wandee Khunchornyakong Juljarern was the first in line.

Kasikornbank, the 10th Bank she visited for assistance, whose president was also an engineer, showed interest in her initiative, and agreed to fund only 60% of her $20 million request. For the remaining 40%, she sold some of her family land she had inherited…

“My mum said, ‘Do what pleases you.’ My husband said, ‘Let me think for three days’,” she recalled. Her response was that she would sell it anyway, she said, roaring with laughter.

Wandee Khunchornyakong Juljarern’s first solar farm opened in April 2010 in Korat, in the northeast of Thailand.

4 years later, Wandee’s Solar Power Company Group (SPCG) had 36 solar PV plants with a capacity of 250 megawatts.

SPCG is now one of Thailand’s largest solar companies. Between 2013 and 2016, its revenues more than doubled.

As chairman and CEO of the listed company, Wandee has been recognized by the United Nations for her commitment to clean energy, and in 2015 Forbes dubbed her one of Asia’s most powerful women.

“We are helping the world by reducing CO2 (emissions) by almost 200,000 tonnes equivalent per year,” said Wandee. This amounts to taking more than 40,000 cars off the road, according to statistics provided by the World Bank.

Solar Farms and Solar rooftops, Thailand Image supplied by SPCG Thailand

Solar Farms and Solar rooftops, Thailand
Image supplied by SPCG Thailand

Moving the Solar streak forward

Wandee is planning to venture into Myanmar, where millions of people lack access to electricity, but realises the difficulty of implementation in a nation without national policy on renewable energy.

Talking of the Success in Thailand…

“I would call Korat almost every hour asking, ‘What’s happening? You have enough sun? How many kilowatt hours?’” she said, chuckling in the modern building now housing the company in a fashionable part of Bangkok, with soothing green walls and images of a lush forest on the glass doors and walls.

Luckily, the project outperformed expectations and within three months, she was looking for more investors.

The International Finance Corporation, the World Bank’s private-sector division, and the multilateral Clean Technology Fund gave early financial backing.

Wandee, who humbly still lives in her old house, wants to continue working and pursuing her Solar dreams, despite her age.

“Women… have to have confidence in (themselves),” she said.

Original reporting by Thin Lei Win, and editing by Megan Rowling. Credit for the content of this article goes to the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, women’s rights, corruption and climate change. Visit this link for more.

08
Jan

Philippines’ Solar usage ranked 1st in the developing world

This year, the Philippines has been ranked at number No. 1 among the developing countries in Asia in terms of the use of solar PV systems for electricity generation, according to a Dutch consultancy firm.

“The Philippines is still relatively young when it comes to solar development, but was able to get seven active projects ranked in the top 50 list,” Solarplaza research analyst Marco Dorothal said in a report.

PV solar array in the Philippines

PV solar array in the Philippines

He also added that the biggest operational project in the Philippines was currently the 132.5-megawatt Cadiz solar power plant developed by Helios Solar Energy Corp., which was a joint venture between the Thailand-based Soleq Solar Co. and Gregorio Araneta Inc.

Solarplaza also noted that last year in March, the local firm Solar Philippines started erecting a 150-MW solar plant in Tarlac, making it the largest solar power project so far for the country.

Solar Philippines has also opened the country’s first PV module factory!

As of June last year, Solarplaza announced that the Philippines’ solar power installed capacity had reached 900 MW.

Even though the Philippines is going through some policy changes, the government is still supporting solar and the renewable energy sector.

“According to the International Energy Agency, solar power is turning into the cheapest source of new electricity generation capacity in many countries, especially in Asia,” the article provided.

“Solar is forging ahead in global power markets as it becomes the cheapest source of electricity generation in many places, including China and India,” IEA executive director Fatih Birol stated.

The IEA expects that over the next 25 years, the world’s growing energy needs are met first by renewables and natural gas as fast-declining costs turn solar power into the cheapest source of new electricity generation.

Eyekandi-Solar is on the same band-wagon, and assisting Thailand in advancing their solar PV production and renewable energy generation.

Visit our website for more information and a quote.

19
Dec

Toshiba lands 6-MW solar panel deal in Thailand

Toshiba Corp

Toshiba has a very impressive record of success in the renewable energy sector, supplying diverse technologies in the fields of system connections and system stabilisation.
Based on this vast experience and trust in the industry, Toshiba photovoltaic systems are now available worldwide.
Toshiba is contributing to society by creating a prosperous tomorrow through next-generation green energy. They recently unveiled a contract to deliver 6 MW of solar panels in Thailand, saying this is its biggest order of its kind in the Asian region.

The deal, the value of which was not disclosed, was awarded by Thailand-based Eight Solar Co Ltd to Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corp.

The equipment will be used in rooftop projects involving six stores within the Home Pro home improvement chain, in line with its plans to lower its dependence on conventional power supply and reduce its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

Toshiba Corp Solar Project in Thailand

Toshiba Corp Solar Project in Thailand

Toshiba and Home Pro

So far, the following Home Pro stores have Solar Rooftop PV Panels installed: Suratthani, Chumphon, Khaoyai, Lopburi, Phrae, Ratchaphruek, Akekamai-Ramintra.

Toshiba noted that it will support Thailand in its efforts to “realise a low carbon society and stable power supply.” The country, which is heavily reliant on fossil fuels, aims to increase the share of solar power to 25% by 2021.

Like Toshiba, Eyekandi-Solar is motivated to assist in the reduction of fossil fuels, by installing PV panels, and Solar arrays where needed.

Contact us here for a quote.

11
Dec

Enerray to build one of the biggest roof-top PV systems in Thailand

Enerray is a solar power company, leader in the design, construction and management of medium and large photovoltaic systems, both for third-party systems and proprietary systems.

Enerray UAC Thailand

Surat Thani roof top array by Enerray UAC Thailand

Surat Thani roof top array by Enerray UAC Thailand

Enerray-UAC Thailand (UAC.SET) will be building one of the largest roof-top photovoltaic systems in Thailand, with a total capacity of 2.5 MWp, enough to meet the annual energy needs of 1,400 Thai households and avoiding the emission of around 1,800 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere, providing an estimated annual output of 3,500,000 kWh of clean energy.

Enerray UAC Thailand has already built and connected different roof-top photovoltaic systems, therefore contributing to the development and expansion of renewable energy in the country.

Enerray UAC was established last year as a joint venture between Enerray S.p.A.,the Italian company,  a subsidiary of the Maccaferri Industrial Group, and UAC Global Public Company Limited, a Thai listed company. The purpose of this subsidiary is to apply the outstanding technologies services and procedures to the Asian market.

Read further to find out about the expanding Solar industry in Thailand by Enerray and how Eyekandi-Solar is assisting in the process.

16
Oct

Are you going to the ASIA CLEAN ENERGY SUMMIT 2017?

If you’re going to, or thinking of going to the Asia Clean energy Summit toward the end of this month, have a read about what you’re going to be witnessing…

Asia Clean Energy Summit 2017

Asia Clean Energy Summit 2017

Asia Clean Energy Summit (ACES) is Asia’s leading event focusing on clean energy technology, policy and finance supported by leading government agencies, research institutes and industry in Singapore. ACES provide a common platform for regional thought leaders in both the public and private sector to collaborate on critical issues and opportunities in harnessing clean energy for the future. As the regional platform to share and co-create innovative clean energy solutions, ACES supports the vision to be a clean energy hub for Asia.

ACES exhibition creates a marketplace for companies to showcase latest technologies solutions.

The PV Asia provides a great platform for the world’s PV experts and scientists to showcase and share the latest developments in solar energy technologies.

The PV Asia Scientific Conference provides an excellent platform for scientists and engineers to showcase their latest developments in solar PV technologies. The conference programme encompasses topics which include novel PV concepts, thin-film technologies, crystalline silicon materials and solar cells, PV module technologies, PV module quality assurance, PV systems, smart grids, and PV characterisation methods.

The RE Asia Conference brings together academics, researchers, professional engineers, government policy makers, and business professionals from the domains of Renewable Energy Integration, Offshore Renewable Energy; Micro-grids, Smart Grids & Energy Storage; and Grid Interactions of Electromobility.

The second Asian Conference on Energy, Power and Transportation Electrification (ACEPT) will cooperate with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics (IEEE) to bring together the world leading experts to present emerging topics on energy, power, and transportation electrification.For more information, please visit http://acept.asia.

All this and more is found on the Asia Clean Energy Summit 2017 website, so click here to read more and register.

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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…