Thailand may double solar target to 1GW as investors queue up

Thailand could double its solar generation targets to 1GW by 2022 following strong investor interest in the sector, say energy ministry officials who will propose the move to the country's new government.

Thailand aims to meet 20% of its total energy consumption from renewable resources by that date, and has set a target to generate 500MW of solar power.

In late 2007 it launched generous solar feed-in tariffs designed to help meet the goal, prompting a surge in interest that means the target is already oversubscribed.

“We have already received applications to build 3,358MW of solar projects,” says Twarath Sutabutr, deputy director-general at the Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency (DEDE), part of Thailand’s Ministry of Energy.

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