BP Solar announced a US$20 million contract to supply solar power products and services to Thailand-based Solartron Co Ltd. The products and services will be used by Solartron in the construction of solar power systems for the government-funded Mega Rural Electrification Project, which will provide light to 120,000 homes.Sydney, Australia – May 24, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] The project, funded by the Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) of Thailand is one of the world’s largest rural, solar electrification efforts. “This contract is the first and the largest of its kind supplied by BP Solar’s manufacturing plant in Sydney,” said BP Solar’s CEO, Steve Westwell. “It demonstrates the emerging acceptance of solar power as an electricity supply source. This contract will benefit over 500,000 people in Thailand who will use solar power as their prime energy, a source which we in the western world take for granted. This is a great export award for Australia.” The PEA government funded project has strict conditions demanding supply of local manufactured product. Solartron, the sole manufacturer of Solar Modules in Thailand, has recently constructed a solar module manufacturing plant using BP Solar materials sourced and imported from BP Solar in Sydney, Australia. With over 30 years of experience and installations in over 160 countries, BP Solar is one of the world’s largest solar companies and has manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Spain, India and Australia.