Thailand revised its policy to promote the development of photovoltaic industry
According to the Bangkok Post, Thailand's energy minister SontiratSontijirawong said recently that he would revise the terms of the policy within two months to encourage more households to install rooftop photovoltaic projects and sell electricity to the grid.
SontiratSontijirawong proposed the plan after discussing it with RosanaTositrakul, the head of energy reform Thailand and a former Senator from Bangkok.RosanaTositrakul has previously criticized Thailand's photovoltaic industry for its many obstacles, especially the unattractive price of electricity.
It is understood that Since 2013, Thailand has allowed private participation in photovoltaic power generation projects, but the general public is not interested in this.Under previous energy ministry regulations, households with rooftop photovoltaic could not only use the electricity generated daily, but also sell excess power to the National Grid for 1.68 baht ($0.054) per kilowatt-hour.RosanaTositrakul points out that the price is not enough to attract people to install rooftop photovoltaic projects.In addition, Thai authorities need to adjust taxes and find better ways to support those who want to install rooftop photovoltaic projects, such as using "net metering systems" to calculate electricity prices.
SontiratSontijirawong said the change was aimed at adding 50 megawatts of rooftop photovoltaic capacity over the next five years.He stressed that he would urge relevant government departments to discuss with the "Energy reform in Thailand" and work out relevant policy details as soon as possible to make rooftop photovoltaic projects more attractive to ordinary households.
Currently, about 95 percent of Thailand's solar power comes from dedicated solar farms, according to the Energy ministry.Rooftop photovoltaic projects in the Thai capital Bangkok and the Eastern Economic Corridor are popular, RosanaTositrakul said, but current low feed-in tariffs discourage installation.
Under Thailand's national Power development plan 2018-2037, the country aims to install 12,700 megawatts of solar power by 2037.