Thai PV plant taps Sharp, Mitsubishi

What is being billed as one of the world’s largest solar power plants is about to start construction in Thailand, with support from Sharp and Mitsubishi.


July 2, 2010 – What is being billed as one of the world’s largest solar power plants is about to start construction in Thailand, with support from Sharp and Mitsubishi.

The 73MW site in Lop Buri Province (north of Bangkok) will start construction next month and begin operations by 2011, overseen by the country’s largest construction company, Italian-Thai Development Public Co. It’s a ¥22B (about US $250M) joint project between Mitsubishi Corp. subsidiary Natural Energy Development Co. (NED), Hong Kong-based power company CLP Holdings Ltd., and Electricity Generating Public Co. NED will actually build the plnat and sell electrity for a 25-year period to the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand.

Sharp will supply the solar cell modules (thin-film a-Si) from its plant in Sakai, Japan, which ramped earlier this spring. The company also will help provide everything from equipment procurement to system design and plant construction. The project is part of a plan by the government to have up to 20% of Thailand’s total electricity demand to come from renewable energy by 2022.

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