Experts in the energy sector have called for the ‘deregulation of the solar rooftop industry’, which is currently under strict government control.
The Thai Photovoltaic Industries Association is encouraging the public to produce their own solar power, as it is the cheaper option.
Veeraphol Jirapraditkul, commissioner and spokesman of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) said ‘the number of solar rooftop owners registered with the ERC remain small with a combined power generating…’
Sean Abbott of Eyekandi Solar, “It does seem hopeful at the moment, that Thailand is pushing to give home owners more incentive to have solar on their rooftops. Though its only speculation at this stage, we may see a ‘Feed In Tariff’ for solar rooftops. This would mean a home owner with solar could potentially get paid for their over production of electricity produced from their solar system. If this happens you can be sure that the amount of people installing solar will rise very high. This could be very good for the country’s energy problems, and their carbon foot print. It could also stimulate business, create jobs as well as help the economy. There of course could be some negative outcomes in the future if the government begins to tax solar owners, as we are now witnessing in the USA. The government will also need to redesign the ‘Tie In’ application process and make it easier for both home owners and solar installation companies to apply. We can for sure see a strong push in the solar rooftop sector but until the bureaucratic weights are lifted, we have a long way to go. ”
Read the below article, ‘Experts urge fewer curbs on solar power’ to understand the motif behind the Thai government to encourage the public to start producing their own power.