First Solar and Prime Road Group complete four solarfarms in Thailand

8 February 2017 (Last Updated February 8th, 2017 18:30)

Thailand’s investment service Prime Road Group and US-based photovoltaic (PV) manufacturer First Solar have completed the development of four solar facilities in Thailand.

First Solar and Prime Road Group complete four solarfarms in Thailand

Thailand’s investment service Prime Road Group and US-based photovoltaic (PV) manufacturer First Solar have completed the development of four solar facilities in Thailand.

The four solarfarms, with a total installed capacity of 18MW, are developed under Thailand’s Governmental Agency and Agricultural Cooperatives Programme.

Located across the Ayutthaya and Pathum Thani provinces, the Prime Road Group Co-Op Project is equipped with over 158,500 thin-film PV modules delivered by First Solar.

The solar PV modules are capable of generating nearly 29,600MW of renewable energy during the first year of operation.

Prime Road Group's director Surachet Chaipatamanont said: “First Solar’s thin-film technology was selected for Prime Road Group Co-Op Project because of its superior energy performance attributes compared to traditional solar modules, making it suitable for the hot and humid conditions in Thailand.”

"First Solar’s thin-film technology was selected for Prime Road Group Co-Op Project because of its superior energy performance attributes."

The solar energy generated from the four solar facilities will be enough to supply electricity to 12,000 households across the country, as well as reduce carbon emissions by 14,000t every year.

The First Solar Series 4 thin-film PV modules feature improved shading response, superior temperature coefficient, and better spectral response that make the modules best suited for Thailand’s environmental conditions.

First Solar's business development Southeast Asia and China director Robert Bartrop said: “First Solar’s partnership with the Prime Road Group Co-Op Project reflects the value of First Solar technology in hot and humid climates such as Thailand, and we look forward to supporting future projects and the country’s renewable energy targets.”

The total electricity produced from the Prime Road Group Co-Op Project will be divested to the Provincial Electricity Authority of Thailand under a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA).


Image: Sena 1 solar facility, one of the four solarfarms comprising Prime Road Group Co-Op Project. Photo: courtesy of Business Wire.