Solar shining brighter for B.Grimm.

Thailand’s largest private power producer, B.Grimm Corporation, said it would increase the share of solar projects in its energy portfolio by building more rooftop and floating solar systems. Meanwhile, the state-run electricity agency Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) said that it would develop more solar projects with the Royal Thai Army.

B.Grimm and EGAT are also collaborating on some solar projects. The two are partnering to build the world’s largest hybrid floating solar plant at the Sirindhorn Dam in northeastern Ubon Ratchathani province. The solar panels float on a reservoir created by the dam that also produces hydropower.

The combination of private-sector companies and public agencies expanding solar and renewable power bodes well for Thailand’s pledges to reduce its carbon emissions by 20 percent by 2030 and source more than 30 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2037.

The Kingdom is already the leader in solar and wind power generation among the ten countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

B.Grimm also has solar power projects in Viet Nam and Oman. But lighting up Thailand with more solar is its priority, according to company’s President Harald Link.

Link said that B.Grimm is committed to expediting solar development in Thailand with an emphasis on rooftop solar. “Solar rooftops allow us to introduce a business model and cooperate with customers outside industrial parks more thoroughly,” he said.

EGAT also announced it would build a second 24-megawatt floating solar farm at the Ubol Ratana Dam in northeastern Khon Kaen province. It will also partner with the Royal Thai Army (RTA) to conduct a joint feasibility study on the construction of a 300-megawatt solar farm on military land in the western province of Kanchanaburi.

The Royal Thai Army’s Commander-in-Chief Geneneral Narongphan Jitkaewthae said that the RTA oversees 1.7 million acres of land countrywide and parts of this area had the potential for solar power development with a capacity of up to 30,000 megawatts.

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