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c1 1722215 190801101340P2P power model for rural areas

The Energy Ministry plans to promote a peer-to-peer (P2P) power trading model for private companies to decentralise the country's power generation system in line with the new version of the power development plan (PDP) for 2018-37.

Energy Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong said Thai companies will have more chances to participate in this project, but the government will require companies to form joint ventures with small communities.

Renewable power will be a key resource in P2P power trading -- including biomass, biogas, waste and solar -- depending on the potential in each province.

"Before starting this decentralisation plan, the ministry has to study local communities' power-distributing infrastructure and transmission lines, then it can set up and design P2P power trading," Mr Sontirat said. "The project will be open for participation from businesses of all sizes that are interested in the electricity value chain, so peer-to-peer power trade can combine blockchain, smart power meters and a new sandbox for the power business."

He said the business model will be initiated soon.

The new PDP for 2018-37 emphasises P2P power trade, also known as the prosumer model.

The PDP is also focused on new investment in renewable power by opening private participation and investment with local communities in order to share profit and revenue with locals.

Mr Sontirat said the Energy Ministry plans to revise and reconsider some details in the PDP but has to receive new assignments from Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak before accelerating the plan.

 

Mr Somkid will visit the ministry next week.

Looking at the long-term landscape for the country's energy sector, Mr Sontirat said Thailand should take advantage of its central location in Southeast Asia and become a regional power hub.

"Laos aims to be the battery of Asia, but that goal can't be achieved if there is no transmission line running from Thailand to Malaysia, Cambodia and Myanmar," he said.

Thailand has peak power demand during the summer season of 30,000 megawatts out of full power generation of 42,000MW.

"The ministry will turn this weak point of surplus power in Thailand into an opportunity by upgrading relevant infrastructure to sell electricity," Mr Sontirat said.

The ministry plans to revise regulation terms for the Energy Conservation Fund in an effort to allocate budget to projects that benefit all stakeholders the most.

Suwat Kamolpanus, chairman of the renewable energy industry club under the Federation of Thai Industries, said private power companies welcome the new energy policies because most of them will foster new investment.

The peer-to-peer power trade will encourage small companies in provincial areas to participate with local farmers.

Mr Suwat said the government should allocate the first budget to the peer-to-peer power trade, while private companies will mobilise the model's investment, management and operations.

He said local farmers just feed raw materials to the power projects: "They may have low business management capabilities, so companies should handle those duties."

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NONG TA TAM COMMUNITY WINS UN AWARD FOR A SOLAR ENERGY SOLUTION

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An innovative project, “Self-Reliant Solar Energy Community”, by the Nong Ta Tam Subdistrict Administrative Organisation, Prachuap Khiri Khan has won a United Nations Public Service Award 2019 (UNPSA) in the effective and responsible public institutions category

The Self-reliant Solar Energy Community initiative now provides 100 percent of the households in the sub-district with low-cost solar energy, facilitated learning centres with community technicians, and promotes revolving capital for purchasing solar energy equipment. The outcomes include knowledge of solar energy, environmental sustainability and CO2 reduction.

Nong Ta Tam Subdistrict Administrative Organization is located in Pranburi district, Prachuap Khiri Khan. There are 12 villages with a hilly topography as well as basins. Agriculture is the main activity with villagers usually planting cash crops such as pineapple, coconut, and rubber trees.

About 400 households did not have access to basic electricity, which greatly affected living standards. This was because these households are located on military safety land governed by the Thanarat infantry camp. They are not allowed to have electricity posts to provide electricity to the households.

This issue has now been solved in an efficient and responsible way with every household able to access electricity from solar energy for pumping water and other uses.

Mr. Montri Chuewongsakul, chief executive of the Nong ta tam SAO, said villagers in Ban Wang Won had long suffered from the problem of electricity scarcity. When the issue was raised with the administration, a budget was allocated for the project called ‘Self-reliant Solar Energy Community.’ The project also provided knowledge about solar energy to villagers. They learnt how to generate electricity from solar energy, using solar panels correctly and how to fix solar panels when they are out of order or broken.

Before winning the award from UNPSA, Nong Ta Tam was second runner-up at a national level with an award of 3 million THB spent on purchasing solar energy equipment such as solar panels and batteries.

“Since Nong Ta Tam created the solar energy system, villagers feel much better.” he said.

“Not only do they use solar energy to improve daily life, but they also use it to support their incomes in the long term. This alternative energy source helps villagers to decrease monthly electrical bill,” he added.

Mr. Montri said that “solar power is the conversion of energy from sunlight into electricity. If any places in Thailand are facing the same problem, they can take learn from this initiative to solve their problems.”

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JinkoSolar Commissioned the World#s Largest[1] Solar Project in Abu Dhabi
Energy Press Releases Friday July 5, 2019 16:13

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16:13 Bangkok--5 Jul--JinkoSolar Holding JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. ("JinkoSolar" or the "Company") (NYSE: JKS), one of the largest and most innovative solar module manufacturers in the world, today announced that the world's largest1 solar plant of 1,177MWp, which was jointly developed by the Company, Japan's Marubeni Corp. and Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC), has recently started commercial operations as scheduled at Sweihan in Abu Dhabi. The AED3.2 billion project, which use all JinkoSolar's high efficient mono panels, features another record at the time of bid submission attracting the world's most competitive tariff of 2.42 cents per kilowatt hour.

Mohammad Hassan Al Suwaidi, Chairman of EWEC said: "The completion of the project marks a significant milestone in the UAE's Energy Strategy 2050, launched in 2017, to increase the contribution of clean energy in the total energy mix from 25% to 50% by 2050 while reducing the carbon footprint of power generation by 70%. This is in line with the sectors transformation strategy by providing alternative sources of energy that can help us improve the sustainability of the water and electricity sector."

Othman Jumaa Al Ali, EWEC's CEO, added: "Noor Abu Dhabi will generate renewable energy and will enable us to improve the use of our natural resources. The fact that a project of such scale has been successfully completed on time and on budget highlights our commitment to ensuring sustainable energy for the future and it is a true testament of the Emirate's delivery capabilities to execute world-class energy projects."

Mr. Kangping Chen, CEO of Jinko Solar said, "It is our privilege to participate and contribute to the winning and successful execution of this prestige project that will help power the sustainable economic growth of Abu Dhabi. We are thankful to the government team that created a tender program of world class, for the high-level professionalism, as well as the strong support throughout the process. The project won't be where it is without seamless collaboration among our partners and other stakeholders. We are grateful to such wonderful team work."

In line with the Year of Tolerance in the UAE, the project - a venture between international companies, managed and constructed by a multi-national team - signifies the multi-cultural essence of the Company and its ability to integrate resource and top partners from around the world.

[1] Source: Bloomberg New Energy Finance About JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.

JinkoSolar (NYSE: JKS) is one of the largest and most innovative solar module manufacturers in the world. JinkoSolar distributes its solar products and sells its solutions and services to a diversified international utility, commercial and residential customer base in China, the United States, Japan, Germany, the United Kingdom, Chile, South Africa, India, Mexico, Brazil, the United Arab Emirates, Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, and other countries and regions. JinkoSolar has built a vertically integrated solar product value chain, with an integrated annual capacity of 10.5 GW for silicon wafers, 7.0 GW for solar cells, and 11.0 GW for solar modules, as of March 31, 2019.

JinkoSolar has over 13,500 employees across its 7 productions facilities globally, 15 oversea subsidiaries in Japan, Korea, Singapore, India, Turkey, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Australia and United Arab Emirates, and global sales teams in China, United Kingdom, France, Netherlands, Spain, Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, Ukraine, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Costa Rica, Colombia, Panama and Argentina.

To find out more, please see: www.jinkosolar.com
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Energy Ministry has high hopes for solar scheme
Project expected to hit 15,000 households
The Energy Ministry expects the solar power project for household rooftops to achieve its projection of 15,000 participants by year-end thanks to the popularity of the trend globally and declining investment costs in the sector.
The number of households using solar power has increased significantly since the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) opened its household solar power scheme last month, with plans to buy electricity from individual producers of up to 100 megawatts this year at 1.68 baht per kilowatt-hour.
Since it started on May 24 some 1,200 households have participated in the programme.
 
Energy Minister Siri Jirapongphan said he expects the volume of solar household power to increase rapidly across the country. Distribution channels for electricity from solar panels are also expanding to serve growing local demand for both on-grid and off-grid power generation.
"Solar power from household sources has been gaining at impressive growth rates this year," said Mr Siri.
"The energy source is going to shake the industry."
Interested homeowners can seek further information from the ERC website and register to join the scheme via the websites of the Metropolitan Electricity Authority at and the Provincial Electricity Authority at The two state-run bodies are responsible for buying power from the scheme.
Under the power-purchasing agreement, the first quota of 70MW is set for the two state agencies to buy solar power from private households this year.
 
Solar panels from companies worldwide showcase at ASEAN Sustainable Energy Week (ASE) 2019 at Bitec, Bangkok until Saturday.SOMCHAI POOMLARD
Mr Siri said household solar power is part of the national power development plan for 2018-37, which has revised the target for solar power portfolio over the next  wo decades.
"The government expects the capacity of solar power will increase by 20-30% in the next 20 years to 15,000-20,000MW, up from 3,500MW at the end of this year,"
he said. "Some 10,000MW will be generated by the household rooftop scheme."
Mr Siri said the ministry has strongly supported and promoted clean energy and technology, notably wind farms, energy storage and solar power as these sectors gain in popularity globally.
Thailand is emerging as a leader in global manufacturing of electric vehicles (EVs) and batteries for EV cars, he said after presiding over the Asean Sustainable Energy Week 2019 on Wednesday.
"EV technology emphasises the potential of Thai energy in the region," Mr Siri told participants.
 

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Egat seeks to tackle unstable power generation.

The state-run Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) is proceeding with development of its power generation system to make it more flexible to tackle unsteady power generation from renewable energy.

As renewable power generation and distribution increase nationwide, the growth curve is expected to resemble a duck curve.

But renewable power resources are very unstable. For example, solar only generates power in the daytime, wind depends on the weather and wind direction, and biomass and biogas are dependent on crop waste.


The instability sometimes interrupts power generation, unlike from fossil-based power plants.

Egat governor Viboon Rerksirathai said the flexible power generation system will be implemented using its digital equipment that can forecast and estimate power supply and demand in each area via the Internet of Things.

The system will also connect to satellites to forecast the weather over the next couple of hours or days, ramping up power generation quickly if needed when power transmission lines are interrupted.

"The digital power system will prevent the possibility of a blackout," said Mr Viboon.

Renewable power on the grid sits at 10,000 megawatts, representing 20% of total power generation at 56,034MW.

Household solar rooftops have been allocated another 10,000MW of capacity from 2019-37.
He said the duck curve power distribution has occurred several times the past few months in provincial areas.

"The more renewable power is on the grid, the higher the risk from unbalanced power consumption," said Mr Viboon.
Egat plans to develop a new power generation system at the Wang Noi gas-fired power plant block 4 as a pilot location. It expects to spend 165 million baht for this phase.
"Egat will host an auction for construction very soon, with operation scheduled for next year," he said.

Songkhla's Chana and the North Bangkok gas-fired power plants will comprise the next phase of the flexible system plan.
Before implementation, Egat studied the development cost of power generation systems being on standby mode or as backup charges in 2014, but after opposition from local advocates, the plan was dropped.
Furthermore, Egat is developing an energy storage system in Lop Buri and Chaiyaphum, which are loaded with solar and wind farms, with capacities of 16MW and 21MW, respectively.

Egat is planning to implement its power development plan for 2018-37, being set to develop eight new power plants with a total capacity of 8,300MW.

Egat will have to compete to open the plants, joining auctions with private companies.

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panel 2562239 960 720Energy policymakers are ready to allow new solar power projects for households, with a plan to buy an initial capacity of 100 megawatts, offering a feed-in tariff of 1.68 baht per kilowatthour (unit) for 10-year contracts.

Yesterday Energy Minister Siri Jirapongphan met with 50 importers, assemblers and distributors of solar panels to brief them about the new scheme.

A public hearing for the scheme is scheduled from March 18 to April 1 and two state-run agencies, the Provincial Electricity Authority and the Metropolitan Electricity Authority, will buy surplus output of 70MW and 30MW, respectively.

Khomgrich Tantravanich, deputy secretary-general of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), said it will announce the scheme’s details on March 20.

“Under the plan, May to July will be the registration period for households wanting to participate. The ERC will announce the shortlist by August,” he said.

“Contracts should be signed in October, and each household has to distribute power to the grid by 2019.”

Eligible households have to install solar panels with at least a 10 kilowatt-peak per electric meter, said Mr Khomgrich.

The solar power project for households is in line with the new version of national power development plan (PDP) 2018-37. Under the PDP, solar power is projected to total 12,725MW by 2037.

Of the total capacity, 2,725MW will be developed by state-run Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) as floating hydro-solar hybrid projects at its dams by 2037.

Egat is preparing human resources and related infrastructure to invest in solar power at all nine dams: Sirindhorn (Ubon Ratchathani), Ubol Ratana (Khon Kaen), Bhumibol (Tak), Srinakarin (Kanchanaburi), Vajiralongkorn (Kanchanaburi), Chulabhorn (Chaiyaphum), Bang Lang (Pattani), Ratchaprapha (Surat Thani) and Sirikit (Uttaradit).

Egat claims the project will be the world’s largest hybrid power scheme from hydro and solar.

The remaining capacity of 10,000MW includes the 100MW residential pilot project for households, allowing them to sell their surplus output to the state grid.

In the past, only energy companies were allowed to generate solar power and sell electricity to the grid.

Mr Siri said all companies related to solar power must be ready for competition.

“The installation cost of solar panels has dropped from 1 million baht per MW to 600,000 baht now,” he said. “This scheme will support solar power becoming a major resource in the future.”

As of 2018, Thailand has solar capacity of 3,449MW from farms and rooftops.

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Egat to ‘soon’ propose floating solar plants to Cabinet 

Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) will soon propose to the Cabinet its Bt2-billion pilot project for a 45-megawatt hydro-floating solar hybrid plant at Sirindhorn Dam in Ubon Ratchathani province.

Thepparat Theppitak, Egat deputy governor for power-plant development and renewable energy, said if approved, Egat will call bids for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of the project within 1-2 months for commencement of commercial operation in 2020.
The project, a part of Thailand's new power development plan (PDP) 2018-2037, will launch international bids due to the small number of floating solar producers, requirements for advanced technology and a constraint on the electricity cost at no higher than Bt2.44 per unit.

Once completed, the Sirindhorn hydro-floating solar hybrid project will be the world's largest.

Egat has the capacity to invest in hydro-floating solar hybrid farms with 2,725 megawatts as stated in the new PDP, thanks to its being well prepared in both people and infrastructure, Thepparat said.

Its hydro-floating solar hybrid investment plan calls for 16 projects with 2,725 megawatts combined in nine dams – Sirindhorn Dam, Ubonrat Dam, Bhumibol Dam, Srinagarind Dam, Vajiralongkorn Dam, Chulabhorn Dam, Bang Lang Dam, Rajjaprabha Dam and Sirikit Dam.

Power from these projects will be gradually fed into the system from 2020 to 2037, starting with Sirindhorn Dam and the next investment is expected to then come on-line.

"In the new PDP renewable energy plan, Egat has the rights to proceed with only floating solar projects in dams. Once combined with new power plants in the PDP, Egat's share in [the country's] power production will lower to 24 per cent in 2037. Currently, its share is 34 per cent, which is regarded as small for supervision in the power system's security," Thepparat said.

He said that Egat has also prepared for the main power system to deal with more power to be produced by renewable energy, with private-sector solar farm projects, power trade through blockchain and eventually, peer-to-peer.
Egat is also developing the Egat Micro-Energy Management System (Egat Micro-EMS), software for microgrid management.

"Next, a number of microgrids will arise and every microgrid will be advertised to be self-dependent. If every system thinks like this and spring outs of the main [power] system at the time of a power problem, the main system will not be able to run. Therefore, Egat Micro-EMS will help monitor the overall power picture and maintain the main system's security," Thepparat said.

The study, under the Bt50-Bt60-million research and development budget, is expected to finish within 1-2 months after last year's test with two buildings at the Egat head office at Bang Kruai of Nonthaburi province.
If efficient, Egat will drive for the public sector to extend the study result to National Energy Trading Platform (NETP), in which Egat, Provincial Electricity Authority and Metropolitan Electricity Authority have joined to develop the platform. 

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Powering up SOLAR ENERGY ambitions

Project at Chiang Mai UNIVERSITY WILL SHOWCASE BENEFITS OF RENEWABLE ENERGY

BCPG and Power Ledger will collaborate with Chiang Mai University to launch a private energy solar rooftop power plant in the second half of this year. 

The project represents an advance in using digital technologies to lessen the university's energy footprint, while pointing to the potential for profit-making during the transition to renewable energy in response to the Paris accord on climate change.

There is great potential for renewable energy generation in the residential, industrial and university sectors, while also advancing the nation's digital future, says Bundit Sapianchai, BCPG president and chief executive officer. BCPG has been at work with Power Ledger since August 2018 to provide the private grid at the university. 

BCPG and Power Ledger are partnering with Chiang Mai University to build a 12-megawatt private rooftop power plant and associated grid to feed university buildings. It will include blockchain technology, peer-to-peer energy trading, and energy as a service. The partners are also talking with PEA. The whole system will be completed in the next six to eight months. 

"It is a private energy grid feeding over 100 buildings inside Chiang Mai University, and in the next stage it is expected to export energy to the commercial businesses around the university in Chiang Mai Town," said Bundit. 

In addition to residential and university projects, Bundit said the industrial sector also offers much potential for solar projects. The company is in discussions with potential partners, and though details cannot yet be disclosed, an announcement is likely in the second half of this year.

Power Ledger partnered with BCPG for two reasons, says Jemma Green, chairwoman and co-founder of Power Ledger, a technology company that uses blockchain and AI to enable the transition to low cost, low carbon and resilient distributed energy markets. 

There was the opportunity to take on its first collaboration project and develop a partnership perspective as it worked on the T77 peer-to-peer energy trading project in Bangkok, which was co-developed by BCPG, Sansiri and Power Ledger. 

"We are doing similar things in other markets – for example in the US. We have technology and we can partner with organisations to understand the local market from an energy perspective. This is the strategy to scale the commercialisation of our technologies," said Green.

In addition to Thailand, BCPG is active in Japan, Indonesia, Vietnam and Laos as it provides coverage to those markets. The current project is not really focused on Thailand and offers a big opportunity to partner across the Asia market, she says. 

The Power Ledger technology can aid in three related areas – energy trading, energy assets and the carbon market. In term of energy trading, it has signature products in two categories – trading across the grid and trading behind the meter. The T77 project involves trading across the grid while the project in Chiang Mai is behind-the-meter energy trading. 

The concept of the virtual power plant concept is very exciting, says Green. Traditionally, solar-based energy trading takes place during the hours of sunshine, but by using battery storage a virtual power plant can trade 24 hours a day. And it can go beyond energy or electricity to also sell accessory services such as frequency or capacity.

Also, there is energy asset financing, or "asset germination", a product the company will launch this year. It uses blockchain to fragmentise the energy asset and create liquidity around this asset. This would allow people to invest in commercial-scale energy assets. It is peer-to-peer energy asset trading. 

"We are 'tokening' the asset that can be traded and exchanged. An asset does not need to be under the listed companies, it can be under unlisted companies," said Green. 

The token will be a security token, a financial product, she said. It is a utility token. It is tokenising the real assets. 

The final stage of procuring assets for launching this product is implementing a commercial-scale solar system and the energy-connected battery.

According to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), investments in renewable energy needs to be up-scaled to six times the current level if the world community is to reach its climate goal of limiting the global temperature increase to 1.5 degrees.

Need to speed up solar inroads

Thailand so is generating only 3,000 megawatts of solar energy, but it is growing at the relatively fast rate of 500 megawatts per year. The asset germination product aims to help speed up and make easier the required investment in solar.

Bundit said yearly 500 megawatt boost to roof-top energy production offers a significant opportunity across business areas included generation, the grid as a service and the data business. 

"BCPG sees a lot of opportunities and a new business model in the new areas of the energy economy," Bundit said. "Right now we offer peer-to-peer energy trading, but we will next look at the carbon market and asset germination, as well as demand response, energy as a service and so on. We are creating the future."

Green said the final area in the carbon market is around issuing carbon credits, which would facilitate exchange-based trading in the carbon market.

It's a big market, with significant opportunity for scale, she said, as Thailand and the world moves into transitioning to a low-cost and low-carbon economy.

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THE NATIONAL Energy Policy Council (NERC) has given the green light to the new Power Development Plan (PDP), which will boost power production capacity to more than 77,000 megawatts in 2037.

 



Energy Minister Siri Jirapongphan said that the NERC agreed on the new PDP - covering 2018 to 2037 – at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha yesterday. The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) was tasked with planning for Thailand's power transmission system development for higher power security, grid modernisation and for a regional grid connection centre covering five countries – Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Malaysia and Cambodia.

The Egat will also team up with the Provincial Electricity Authority to develop a smart grid in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) to facilitate the needs of investors and enable power discounts.

“In the new PDP, although Egat's power production will be lower, it will take more responsibility for the system security from the grid connection. It will not only receive fees from transmission lines but play a role in joining in with investments. Egat is expected to finish its planning late this year,” Siri said.

The NERC also agreed on a 1,400 MW power plant project in Surat Thani and a 1,400 MW plant in the West, of which a part will replace Ratchaburi Power Generating Holding's 700 MW Tri Energy power plant. The company’s contract will end in July 2020.

The Committee on Energy Policy and the Energy Regulatory Committee will also consider a solar power plant project for community needs, with capacity of 100 megawatts per year for 10 years from 2019. The project is expected to begin in the middle of this year.

This project's power generation is not only aimed at people's homes but also for rural schools and subdistrict hospitals.

In the new PDP, the country's power production capacity will rise from 46,090 MW in 2017 to 77,211 MW in 2037. New capacity is expected at 56,431 MW from 2019 to 2037.

Of the total estimated new capacity, 20,766 MW will come from renewable power plants, 13,156 MW from combined cycle power plants, 2,112 MW from cogeneration power plants, 1,740 MW from lignite or coal-fired power plants and 500 MW from pumped storage hydropower plants. About 8,300 MW will be from new or replacement power plants, 5,857 MW from imports and 4,000 MW under the energy conservation plan.

In this new PDP, the NERC also approved an increase in power production capacity from waste by 400 MW. Combined with the 500 MW capacity in the earlier plan, the new power production capacity from waste will be 900 MW. Biomass power production capacity will rise to 120 MW.

In 2037, 53 per cent of the country's power production will be generated by natural gas, 35 per cent from non-fossil fuels and 12 per cent from coal. The retail power price throughout the PDP will be Bt3.50-Bt3.63 per unit, or about Bt3.58 per unit on average. The plan will be reviewed every five years or upon significant changes in factors.

Preeyanart Soontornwata, chief executive officer of B Grimm Power Plc and chairperson of the Association of Private Power Producers, said that the extension of cogeneration SPPs’ contracts after a two-year delay will boost the confidence of investors.

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Alpha-ESS to become second battery manufacture to set up shop in Adelaide
By Sophie Vorrath on November 14, 2018

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South Australia looks to have notched up another major battery storage coup, with the news that another global giant of the booming industry, Alpha-ESS, will set up a manufacturing facility in Adelaide.

State energy minister Dan van Holst Pelekaan said on Wednesday that Alpha-ESS, which has offices in China, Germany and Australia, had signed an agreement with the South Australian government to make more than 8,000 of their SMILE 5 home batteries in Adelaide a year.

The agreement gives Alpha-ESS – which has installed more than 10,000 of its home battery systems in more than 30 countries around the world since 2012 – access to the priority period for the state government’s Home Battery Scheme, which lasts until the end of the year.

And it gives South Australian consumers taking part in the subsidy scheme a broader range of batteries to choose from – the Alpha-ESS SMILE, released in Australia last year, is as a modular and “cost competitive” lithium-ion battery, starting at around 5kWh.

It also makes Alpha-ESS the second major battery company to set up shop in Adelaide, following the confirmation of sonnen’s plans to re-purpose the former Holden car factory in Elizabeth.

The sonnen plant, first proposed under the state’s former Labor government, was also locked in under the Liberal government’s $100 million Home Battery Scheme – a subsidy of up to $6,000 per household backed $100 million in finance from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation.

The Sonnen factory aims to produce 10,000 batteries a year to meet soaring demand from Australian households, as well as for export to the neighbouring Asia Pacific region. Production is slated to kick off this month.

“Following the establishment of the state government’s $200 million home battery grant and loan scheme, two companies have moved to set up manufacturing operations in our state,” said van Holst Pellekaan in comments on Wednesday.

“This is great news for South Australians who want to install a home battery to store their renewable energy and will help drive down costs for all consumers.

“It’s also great news for South Australian job seekers who will benefit from the creation of hundreds of jobs.”

For Alpha-ESS – which in 2016, partnered with the Queensland government to provide solar battery storage solutions and services – the deal gives the company a major foothold in a market it describes as world-leading.

“South Australia is leading the world with its home battery program,” said Alpha-ESS managing director Dr Dong Lin in comments on Wednesday.

“Although we have been in Australia since early 2015, and have installed thousands of units rights across the country, we knew we needed to have a manufacturing base in SA,” he said.

“We are committed to providing SA with batteries that slash power bills, help the environment, and do good for the community.”

Dr Lin said the initial manufacturing partnership with leading disability service provider Minda was also “a perfect fit” with the company’s commitment to positive social and environmental outcomes.

“Minda Disability Services will also handle recycling of packaging as well as electronics and batteries at end of life and we will use existing warehousing, logistics and dispatch services,” he said.

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P2P power model for rural areas

P2P power model for rural areas

04 August 2019

P2P power model for rural areas The Energy Ministry plans to promote a peer-to-peer (P2P) power trading model for private companies to decentralise the country's power generation system in line with the new version of the power development plan (PDP)...

NONG TA TAM COMMUNITY WINS UN AWARD FOR A SOLAR ENERGY SOLUTION

NONG TA TAM COMMUNITY WINS UN AWARD FOR A SOLAR ENERGY SOLUTION

20 July 2019

NONG TA TAM COMMUNITY WINS UN AWARD FOR A SOLAR ENERGY SOLUTION An innovative project, “Self-Reliant Solar Energy Community”, by the Nong Ta Tam Subdistrict Administrative Organisation, Prachuap Khiri Khan has won a United Nations Public Service Award 2019 (UNPSA)...

JinkoSolar Commissioned the World#s Largest[1] Solar Project in Abu Dhabi

JinkoSolar Commissioned the World#s Largest[1] Solar Project in Abu Dhabi

09 July 2019

JinkoSolar Commissioned the World#s Largest[1] Solar Project in Abu DhabiEnergy Press Releases Friday July 5, 2019 16:13 16:13 Bangkok--5 Jul--JinkoSolar Holding JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. ("JinkoSolar" or the "Company") (NYSE: JKS), one of the largest and most innovative solar module...

Energy Ministry has high hopes for solar scheme

Energy Ministry has high hopes for solar scheme

07 June 2019

Energy Ministry has high hopes for solar scheme Project expected to hit 15,000 households The Energy Ministry expects the solar power project for household rooftops to achieve its projection of 15,000 participants by year-end thanks to the popularity of the trend...

Egat seeks to tackle unstable power generation.

Egat seeks to tackle unstable power generation.

03 May 2019

Egat seeks to tackle unstable power generation. The state-run Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) is proceeding with development of its power generation system to make it more flexible to tackle unsteady power generation from renewable energy.As renewable power generation...

ERC introduces 100MW household solar scheme.

ERC introduces 100MW household solar scheme.

17 March 2019

Energy policymakers are ready to allow new solar power projects for households, with a plan to buy an initial capacity of 100 megawatts, offering a feed-in tariff of 1.68 baht per kilowatthour (unit) for 10-year contracts.Yesterday Energy Minister Siri Jirapongphan...

Egat to ‘soon’ propose floating solar plants to Cabinet

Egat to ‘soon’ propose floating solar plants to Cabinet

15 February 2019

Egat to ‘soon’ propose floating solar plants to Cabinet  Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) will soon propose to the Cabinet its Bt2-billion pilot project for a 45-megawatt hydro-floating solar hybrid plant at Sirindhorn Dam in Ubon Ratchathani province. Thepparat...

Powering up SOLAR ENERGY ambitions

Powering up SOLAR ENERGY ambitions

04 February 2019

Powering up SOLAR ENERGY ambitions Project at Chiang Mai UNIVERSITY WILL SHOWCASE BENEFITS OF RENEWABLE ENERGY BCPG and Power Ledger will collaborate with Chiang Mai University to launch a private energy solar rooftop power plant in the second half of...

Power plan backed along wIth 2 plants

Power plan backed along wIth 2 plants

29 January 2019

THE NATIONAL Energy Policy Council (NERC) has given the green light to the new Power Development Plan (PDP), which will boost power production capacity to more than 77,000 megawatts in 2037.   Energy Minister Siri Jirapongphan said that the NERC...

Alpha-ESS to become second battery manufacture to set up shop in Adelaide

Alpha-ESS to become second battery manufacture to set up shop in Adelaide

14 November 2018

Alpha-ESS to become second battery manufacture to set up shop in AdelaideBy Sophie Vorrath on November 14, 2018   South Australia looks to have notched up another major battery storage coup, with the news that another global giant of the booming industry, Alpha-ESS,...

EXIM Thailand Finances Solar Rooftop Projects for Sustainable Renewable Energy Promotion and National Development

EXIM Thailand Finances Solar Rooftop Projects for Sustainable Renewable Energy Promotion and National Development

02 October 2018

Bangkok--27 Sep--EXIM BANK Mrs. Warangkana Wongkhaluang, Senior Executive Vice President of Export-Import Bank of Thailand (EXIM Thailand), and Mr. Khemmarat Sartpreecha, Acting Managing Director of PEA ENCOM International Co., Ltd. (PEA ENCOM), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Provincial Electricity...

Energy reform plan ready for action

Energy reform plan ready for action

24 September 2018

Thailand's energy reform plan is ready for implementation, with an emphasis on deregulating the electricity sector and enhancing competitiveness among private operators. The new version aims for open and free private participation in the energy sector and deregulation of all...

Private solar power buying gets go-ahead

Private solar power buying gets go-ahead

08 June 2018

Energy policymakers gave the green light to start buying solar power generated from private buildings and households once again after postponing the programme for more than four years. Private buildings and households that are accepted by the programme will sell...

New renewable plants to receive B2.4 feed-in tariff

New renewable plants to receive B2.4 feed-in tariff

27 April 2018

NEW RENEWABLE PLANTS TO RECEIVE B2.4 FEED-IN TARIFF   Energy policymakers announced new renewable power generators will have the same feed-in tariff as fossil-fuel power generators, 2.40 baht per kilowatt-hour, because their production cost is equal to or lower than...

Thailand’s new solar rooftop developments

Thailand’s new solar rooftop developments

22 February 2018

Thailand’s Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) announced to release on March 31, 2018, a new national Power Development Plan (PDP), which will replace the 2014 version. The new PDP will furnish details of the deregulation programme.   COMING MARCH 31, 2018:...

Solar panel makers hit by shortage of key material

15 November 2017

Solar panel makers hit by shortage of key material NEW YORK: Solar manufacturers are being battered by higher costs and smaller margins after an unexpected shortage of a critical raw material. Prices of polysilicon, the main component of photovoltaic cells,...

Solar cars begin race across Australian desert

Solar cars begin race across Australian desert

17 October 2017

  Solar cars begin race across Australian desert   SYDNEY (Reuters) - The World Solar Challenge began on Sunday with 42 solar cars crossing Australia’s tropical north to its southern shores, a grueling 3,000 km (1,864 mile) race through the...

Households allowed to sell solar power

Households allowed to sell solar power

08 September 2017

Households allowed to sell solar power                       The government will end the decade-long restriction on households and commercial buildings selling power generated by their solar rooftops to state utilities in...

Seven opportunities: Thailand Solar Energy Update 2017

Seven opportunities: Thailand Solar Energy Update 2017

05 September 2017

While Thailand seemed to outshine ASEAN in solar power in 2015, the developments in 2016 showed delays and uncertainties. However, after only 470 MW solar power had been installed in 2014 and 722 MW in 2015, according to the latest data officially published...

3D-printed solar panels are the key to green energy in developing countries

3D-printed solar panels are the key to green energy in developing countries

25 August 2017

3D-printed solar panels are the key to green energy in developing countries Now that public interest in solar has skyrocketed, engineers have been rushing to find more flexible and durable alternatives to older solar panels. At the same time, the makeup of...

BREAKING: SolarWorld files for insolvency

BREAKING: SolarWorld files for insolvency

12 May 2017

Pioneering solar manufacturer SolarWorld AG is insolvent. It is unclear whether the company’s U.S. subsidiary must now file as well. Citing “ongoing price distortions” within the market and “no longer a positive forecast for the future”, Germany’s SolarWorld AG is...

Electricity bills poised for increase Higher gas prices set to induce 4% hike

Electricity bills poised for increase Higher gas prices set to induce 4% hike

21 April 2017

Electricity bills poised for increase Higher gas prices set to induce 4% hike Electricity bills are set to rise throughout 2017 because of rising natural gas and oil prices, says the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC). ERC commissioner and spokesman Veeraphol...

Sun at zenith over Thailand in April

Sun at zenith over Thailand in April

11 April 2017

Sun at zenith over Thailand in April The sun will be at zenith in Bangkok on April 27, although it may not be the hottest day due to various factors, a senior official at the Science and Technology Ministry's National...

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