The world’s largest producer of solar panels, Power Holdings Co., recently announced that the largest silicon photovoltaic power plant in South Asia, ‘Sunny Bangchak’, achieved grid connection on September 4, 2012.
The 44-megawatt project is located in Bang Pa-In, Ayutthaya, 40 kilometers outside Bangkok, Thailand. It utilizes Suntech’s high performance solar panels and was constructed by engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) partner Solartron Public Co., Ltd.
Mr. Bundit Sapianchai, Senior Executive Vice President of Bangchak Petroleum Public Co., Ltd, the owner of the facility, said: “The Sunny Bangchak project represents an important step in BCP’s aim to promote a green environment and sustainable business in Thailand. Our visitor center at the site will be a landmark for renewable education in Thailand. We chose Suntech because of their excellent track record around the world and their high-efficiency panels which are specifically suited to Thailand’s hot and humid climate.”
Dr. Zhengrong Shi, founder and executive chairman of Suntech said: “We are excited to collaborate with Bangchak and Solartron to develop and promote solar energy in Thailand. As the largest solar plant in Southeast Asia, Sunny Bangchak is an important milestone in solar energy’s development in the region and demonstrates Suntech and BCP’s commitment in ushering in a clean, sustainable energy future in Thailand.”
This project is a significant milestone in the ambitious goal that Thailand set to get at least 20% of its total electricity from renewable sources by 2022. It’s estimated that the new 44-megawatt solar power plant could reduce annual coal imports by about 40,000 tons, and mitigate over 32,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions.
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