Huge farm shows Thailand is solar “magnet”

A huge new solar power farm in Thailand is a sign the nation is becoming a “magnet” for renewable energy investment. That’s the view of energy firm REC which installed […]

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By Vicky Ellis

A huge new solar power farm in Thailand is a sign the nation is becoming a “magnet” for renewable energy investment. That’s the view of energy firm REC which installed 41,000 solar panels at the new 9.5 MW Chiang Rai power plant.

Covering 24 hectares of rugged, mountainous land in northern Thailand, the plant is owned and operated by Chiang Rai Solar Company.

Jose Luis Martin, Project Development Manager Thailand for REC said: “Thailand is an exciting market and a magnet for solar investment. We’re committed to ensuring REC takes an active role.”

Thailand meets around half its primary energy needs with imports, he said, so the country is keen to generate more energy itself and aims to meet a quarter of its energy needs with renewable sources by 2021.