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Thailand set for solar power boost from EU and China

EU and China firms’ Thai PV projects set to benefit South East Asia’s renewable energy industry

The China and EU firms are developing solar photovoltaic projects in Thailand
The China and EU firms are developing solar photovoltaic projects in Thailand

China and EU renewables firms are set to boost solar power in Thailand. One Chinese and one Spanish company are working on developing PV projects in the country, which are expected to benefit the renewable energy industry across South East Asia.

China’s solar firm GCL-Poly is in talks to develop PV power projects in the country. Mr Zhu Gongshan, chairman of China firm GCL-Poly, has held talks with Thailand’s Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

Chairman Zhu Gongshan briefed the Prime Minister Yingluck on the development of GCL-Poly’s solar business and the company’s plans to invest in photovoltaic projects in Thailand.

Prime Minister Yingluck extended her welcome to GCL-Poly’s investment in the construction of solar farms in Thailand. Yingluck expressed that she had already communicated with Thailand’s Ministry of Energy and the related government departments which will actively cooperate and provide supports to GCL-Poly’s future project development.

Meanwhile, Spanish firm Aries Ingeniería y Sistemas and TGE (Thai Global Energy) is set to start mutual cooperation to provide EPC (engineering procurement and construction) services in solar projects in Thailand, including PV and concentrated solar power.

Aries Ingeniería y Sistemas, which is a Spanish company with expertise in renewable energy solutions, will collaborate with TGE, a subsidiary of firm Ritta, the largest private real estate company in Thailand. Other projects include wind, hydro, biomass and geothermal energy.

Alberto Sánchez Martín, business development director for Asia of Aries Ingeniería y Sistemas, said: “I strongly believe this strategic mutual cooperation will provide tailor made turnkey solutions in the rapidly growing Thai renewable energy market.

“I am confident we will be able to exceed our customers’ expectations both in terms of quality and cost. Aries will continue to invest heavily in the region as it is a key part of our aggressive international growth strategy.”

Mr. Bahrgab M. Das, chief business development officer of Ritta and also the key Initiator of formation of TGE, said: “This unique collaboration of these two like-minded organisations will benefit the Renewable Energy Industry in Thailand and South East Asia in due course of time.

Aries has ongoing solar projects happening in Spain, the US, China, South East Asia and the Middle East.