First Solar Marks First Anniversary of 3 MW Sai Sena PV Project in Thailand


Posted on April 20, 2012 @ 03:31 pm



First Solar, Inc. and Solarta Co., Ltd. marked the first anniversary of the successful completion of the 3 megawatt (MW) (DC) Sai Sena Solar project in Sena, Ayutthaya, Thailand.

The facility is located 70 kilometers north of Bangkok on 10.4 hectares of land. Owned by Solarta and built by Conergy with around 40,000 First Solar photovoltaic (PV) solar modules, it is expected to send 4.5 million kilowatt hours (kWh) a year of renewable energy to the grid of the Provincial Electricity Authority of Thailand. The electricity produced is equivalent to the annual electricity needs of some 2,100 average Thai households and will displace on average more than 2,200 metric tons of CO2 emissions a year – equivalent to removing more than 1,000 cars from the road.

“We are pleased to be contributing to the supply of clean, green energy in Thailand, and also have been pleased with the better-than-expected performance of First Solar’s modules under Thailand’s challenging climatic conditions,” said Dr. Supot Sumritvanitcha, CEO of Yanhee Solar Power, a shareholder of Solarta.

“This milestone is very important for us because the Sai Sena project at the time of its commissioning was Southeast Asia’s largest private solar project,” said Kevin Berkemeyer, First Solar senior manager, business development. “The success of this project has encouraged more investment in solar power in Thailand, and we look forward to continuing to help Thailand fulfill its clean energy and energy security needs in the months and years to come.”

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