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Renewable energy in Thailand

Thailand has committed to increasing its use of renewable energy.

Business that use Green technology have a business advantage over their competitors.

Advantages include being less reliant on the grid, cost savings, Business Image and Many more.

This post informs about projects in the solar industry with a focus on foreign investment opportunities. Updated project information and an overview about Thailand's regulatory framework can be found at http://pugnatorius.com/solar/ 

Here you find historical information about (i) the delayed Agro-Solar Project 2015/2016, (ii) solar photovoltaic rooftop developments, (iii) the 2016/2017 solar energy tender for 400MW + 100MW and (iv) other governmental or private developments and market opportunities.

UPDATE April 2016: The Governmental Agency and Agricultural Cooperatives Program (Agro-Solar) for (initially) 600 + 200 MW

The ERC Energy Regulatory Commission of Thailand finished a public tender process to grant licenses to private developers to develop and operate solar farms on land owned by the government and agricultural cooperatives. Cooperatives are mainly agricultural cooperatives, fisheries cooperatives and land settlement cooperatives. These cooperatives must be the project owner, but neither electricity producers nor sellers. Legitimate right of land ownership covers land of the cooperatives and land that the cooperatives rent from the members. Subsequently, private companies ("project supporters") construct and install the solar power system, produce and sell electricity.

The combined capacity of 600 MW for a feed-in-tariff of THB 5.66 per KWH for 25 years had been originally divided as follows:

  1. 200 MW under a PPA with MEA (Bangkok region). Applications for just 180 MW have been received. Now just 6 farm cooperatives are announced as winners in this category.
  2. 389 MW under a PPA with PEA (138 MW Central region, 5 MW Northern region, 87MW East, 159 MW West). 200 MW for Southeast and South planned for 2018. Applications received for 2,709 MW.
  3. 11 MW under a PPA with Royal Navy (Sattaheap Sattahip Electricity). Applications received for 16 MW.

Investors had the chance to bid for one or more solar farm projects with a combined power capacity of maximal 50 MW. However, not all applications met the (i) general requirements for bid security, evidence of financial support (e.g. registered capital of THB 2 million per MW, 25 % paid up) and technical know-how, rights to land, etc. and (ii) special requirements  re. governmental agencies and agricultural co-ops.

After the tender had been published and bids had been prepared by governmental agencies, the ERC became aware that these bids are not in compliance with the new public-private-partnership legislation in Thailand. Therefore, all and every bids of governmental agencies had to be rejected as illegal.

The timeline is as follows:

  • On November 10, 2015 the application period for the 600 MW tender ended. According to our sources, the solar power capacity offered had been oversubscribed less than 5-fold with 618 applications for combined 2,906 MW.
  • Deadline for delivering of supporting documents had been November 20, 2015.
  • For December 11, 2015 the government promised [!] to disqualify applications which do not meet their requirements, above other with respect to details regarding plant location, funding source, technology, compliance with zoning regulations, etc.
  • Qualified applicants should participated in a lucky draw on December 15, 2015, however this has been delayed due to the PPP considerations mentioned above till April 21, 2016.
  • The official announcements of winning projects by ERC had not been published on December 24, 2015 as scheduled, but on April 26, 2016.
  • PPAs will be signed within 120 days after the announcement.
  • COD commercial operation date (selling power to the grid) should be no later than December 2016.

Among the winners of the so-called lucky draw with a total investment volume of THB 18 billion are mostly listed companies as Bangchak Petroleum, Global Power Synergy, Superblock,  and Solartron. 

There is a three-year shareholding lock-up period for the (i) transfer of rights and obligations in the PPAs and to (ii) transfer of ownership in the winning bidder. 

Expected for mid of 2016: Solar photovoltaic rooftop developments reinvented 

Thailand has a high potential to finance rooftop solar facilities in Thailand and to provide the customer with the panels, know how and infrastructure to accomplish the construction by a one-stop-shopping solution. Such business model can be limited to facilitate the self-consumption of the solar electricity by the customer only and not to feed electricity into the grid (so-called "zero grid feed"). Unfortunately, the industry had been blocked by the uncertainty whether such project needs a power production license. 

Thailand's energy policymakers plan to provide the private sector with better access to the state solar rooftop program in an attempt to promote the use of solar power. The program for businesses will be liberalized, allowing private companies to apply for solar rooftop development licenses with a combined generating capacity of 100 megawatts. However, companies will still be barred from selling power back to utilities.

PUGNATORIUS can guide your solar power project through the red-tape requirements, legal hurdles and industry practice in Thailand. Solar lessons you do not want to learn the hard way. Detailed information here at "Solar energy projects in Thailand - how to clever participate in Thailand's second solar gold rush". 

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