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Sharp signs agreement for 73MW Thai solar plant

Posted: 07 Jul 2010     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:solar cell  Thailand power plant  solar cell plant 

Sharp Corp. has signed an agreement with independent power producer (IPP) NED to set up in Thailand one of the world's largest solar power generation plants with a capacity of 73MW. The construction of the solar power generation plant will start this month and the operation is planned to start by the end of 2011.

The government of Thailand targets an increase in the amount of renewable energy, up to 20 per cent of the total electricity demand by 2022. The use of solar power generation is expected to grow in the future.

Sharp will also supply thin-film solar cell modules and surrounding systems for the plant. Thin-film solar cells are optimal for use in a high-temperature climate as opposed to crystalline solar cells. The thin-film solar cell modules to be used in the power generation plant will be supplied partially from Sharp's solar cell plant at Green Front Sakai in Sakai City, Osaka Prefecture, Japan, which started operation in March.

Sharp will collaborate with ITD/ITE on the design and construction of the plant. Sharp will take a step forward by not only supplying solar cell modules, but also by offering a business model that provides everything from related equipment procurement to system design and construction of the power generation plant, by collaborating with local companies both domestic and abroad.

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