Thailand’s solar tender attracts only 83 MW

(SeeNews) - Oct 21, 2013 - Thailand has received bids for the construction of 83 MW of rooftop solar plants as part of a tender for 200 MW of capacity, the Bangkok Post said Monday, citing the country’s Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC).

Between September 23 and October 14 ERC received 564 applications for power generation licences in the first round of Thailand’s solar rooftop programme, according to the regulator. Last week, ERC extended the bidding period by one month to November 15 in order to give households more time to consider going solar.

The newspaper cited ERC's secretary-general Kawin Thangsupanich as saying that as many as 291 of the received proposals were filed with the Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA), including 225 from the household segment, seeking approval for less than 2 MW of projects. In addition 66 applications for 43.67 MW were filed for commercial solar schemes. The Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA) got 270 applications -- 160 in the below-2-MW segment and 113 for a total of 39.34 MW of commercial solar capacity.

The ERC intends to award licences of 100 MW for the household and 100 MW for the commercial segment. 

Under the rooftop solar programme, residential solar projects will get an incentive of THB 6.96 (USD 0.22/EUR 0.16), while small commercial installations will receive THB 6.55. Commercial projects for medium-to-large buildings will get THB 6.16.