Southeast Asia’s Largest Solar Plant: Sunny Bangchak
September 28, 2012
Southeast Asia’s largest solar plant is expected to offset 800,000 tons of carbon over 25 years and contribute to Thailand’s renewable energy goals.
AsianScientist (Sep. 28, 2012) – Solar panel manufacturer Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd. announced this week that Southeast Asia’s largest silicon photovoltaic power plant achieved grid connection on September 4, 2012.
The 44-megawatt project, called ‘Sunny Bangchak,’ is located in Bang Pa-In, Ayutthaya, forty kilometers outside Bangkok, Thailand. The solar plant is owned by Bangchak Public Petroleum Co., Ltd (BCP) and constructed by Solartron Public Co., Ltd.
Sunny Bangchak is expected to contribute to Thailand’s ambitious goal of meeting 20 percent of its total energy consumption with renewable sources by 2022.
BCP estimates that the 44-megawatt capacity solar power plant could offset 800,000 tons of carbon over 25 years. Annually, it would reduce the need to import about 40,000 tons of coal and mitigate 32,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions, similar to planting 3,000,000 trees or removing 9,000 cars from the roads.
“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,” said Dr. Zhengrong Shi, founder and executive chairman of Suntech.
Source: Suntech Power Holdings Co. Ltd.
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