ADB-financed solar parks of 44.5 MW kick off work in Thailand
Sep 4, 2012 - Two solar parks in Thailand with a combined capacity of 44.5 MW will be officially opened today, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), which provided a USD-134-million (EUR 106m) loan to the projects, said.
The two plants of 10 MW and 34.5 MW, operated by Thai state-run Bangchak Petroleum Public Co Ltd (BAK:BCP), kicked off commercial operation in August. Their output will be sold to the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand and to the Provincial Electricity Authority.
ADB said that the two solar power facilities would support Thailand’s goal to source from renewables 25% of its primary commercial energy needs by 2021. At present, natural gas, coal and lignite account for 85% of the country’s energy use.