Bouygues to build 30MW in Thailand

France’s Bouygues Construction will design, build and operate a trio of 10MW solar plants in northeast Thailand.

The contract with developer Soleq Solar is worth about €38m ($49.8m).

The three 10MW plants, spread across 60 hectares in the Southeast Asian nation’s Tak and Sukhothai provinces, will generate about 45GWh per year from more than 100,000 PV modules.

The companies did not reveal a module supplier for the projects.

Two Bouygues units – Bouygues Thai and Bouygues Energies & Services – will run and maintain the three solar plants for a period of five years.

Construction will start in May, with completion targeted by the end of this year.

In January, German renewables developer Juwi announced plans to build five PV projects in Thailand with Soleq Solar with a total capacity of 48MW in Kamphaeng Phet and Ubon Ratchathani provinces.

Thailand, currently a major energy importer, is viewed as a key growth spot for PV and the most advanced solar market in Southeast Asia.

By 2021 the country hopes to supply a quarter of its energy needs via renewable sources. 

China’s Suntech supplied panels for a 44MW plant that went into operation near Bangkok last year.