In an effort to bolster the regional electricity supply network while relieving the burden on the environment, RWE Schott Solar will be constructing what the company said will be the largest photovoltaic (PV) installation in southeast Asia.Frankfurt, Germany – April 3, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] RWE Solutions, Frankfurt am Main and Thai energy supply company Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand(EGAT), have signed an agreement for the construction of the project. The 500 kW project is planned for the Mae Hong Son nature conservation area in the northwest of Thailand by mid-2004 at a cost of €3.6 million (US$3.9 million). RWE Schott Solar, a joint venture between RWE Solutions, Frankfurt am Main, and Schott, Mainz, is providing the 300 W PV modules needed and handling the planning and final processing. The installation will comprise 1,680 modules and will have an area of more than 4,000 m², roughly half the size of a football field. SAG Energieversorgungslösungen GmbH, Frankfurt am Main, a subsidiary of RWE Solutions AG, is responsible for the overall project management, construction and installation on site at Mae Hong Son. To date, the villages in the area around Mae Hong Son have obtained electricity from local hydroelectric and diesel power stations. EGAT has decided to use solar energy production for the further expansion of the energy supply. However, the pilot project of RWE Solutions is only intended as an initial step toward environmentally compatible electricity generation; an additional five solar plants with an overall output of 4.7 MW are planned for the region in the future.