SPCG, Kyocera build 275 MW worth of solar power arrays in Thailand

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SPCG Public Co. and Kyocera Corp. completed a package of utility-scale solar power projects in Thailand. Since 2010, 35 solar farms totaling about 257 MW have been constructed under the project, and connected to the power grid in Northeastern Thailand.

Thailand’s expanding economy has brought rising concerns regarding the national power supply in recent years, alongside growing awareness of the need to reduce dependence on gas imports. To diversify its energy portfolio, a feed-in-tariff system for renewable energy sources was adopted in 2007.

In response to the resulting strong demand for renewable energy, SPCG commenced the solar farm project in 2009 to construct and operate multiple solar power plants in Thailand. Kyocera was chosen to supply the necessary solar modules, totaling about 1,100,000 panels for all sites. The 35th solar farm was completed and connected to the power grid in June 2014.

The project has an annual power output of about 345,000,000kWh — equal to the annual electrical consumption of about 287,500 Thai households. The power generated from the solar farms will be supplied to the Provincial Electricity Authority of Thailand (PEA).

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