Contracts Issued for Thai RE Net Metering Program

Contracts are being signed for the first grid-connected small scale Renewable Energy projects under the new Thai Net Metering regulations (called the Very Small Renewable Energy Power Producers (VSREPP) program)…

Bangkok, Thailand – October 15, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] Contracts are being signed for the first grid-connected small scale Renewable Energy projects under the new Thai Net Metering regulations (called the Very Small Renewable Energy Power Producers (VSREPP) program). The regulations provide for net metering and streamlined interconnection of small scale (less than 1 MW maximum net export) Renewable Energy generators. A methane landfill gas project in Samut Prakan will be among the first projects under the program, generating 1 MW for sale to the Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA). Over twenty pig farms in Ratchaburi province currently generate over 4 MW of electricity from methane from pig manure and many of these are expected to participate in the program selling electricity to the Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA). Two rice mills in Surin are preparing to participate, generating 800 kW and 260 kW respectively. In addition, four community-managed micro-hydro generators in Chiang Mai are making preparations to connect to PEA under the regulations. The regulations were approved by the Thai Cabinet in May 2002, and in June and July MEA and PEA officially announced they would begin accepting applications for interconnection.

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