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Schneider Electric supplies electrical equipment to 100 MW of Thai solar PV plants


 Schneider Electric SA (Reuil-Malmaison, France) has supplied electrical balance of systems solutions to 14 solar photovoltaic (PV) plants in Thailand totaling over 100 MW so far in 2013. This includes inverters, switchgear, monitoring hardware and software and junction boxes.

Schneider Electric will also supply 10-year maintenance services for the PV plants, which are currently under construction and are expected to be completed by the end of 2013. The company states that it is also looking to expand into Thailand's newly developing rooftop PV market.

“Schneider Electric is currently collaborating with partners to complete solar projects in multiple provinces: Kamphaeng Phet, Ubon Rachathani, Tak, Sukhothai and Ayutthaya, which will account for over 100 MW of capacity power in this year alone,” says Schneider Electric Head of Solar, East Asia Marc Lees.

“With the government’s target to generate 3,000 MW of solar energy by 2021, Thailand will be at the forefront of solar technology deployment in South-East Asia and become a good model for solar energy policy for neighboring countries to follow.”

Lees states that the company is also supplying medium-voltage switchgear for other PV projects, and expects to have supplied much more than 100 MW of Thai PV plants by the end of 2013.

New products for smaller PV plants

In order to address Thailand's emerging rooftop PV market, Schneider Electric says that it will be providing products designed for PV plants in the 3 kW – 1 MW range.

The company states that it is also planning to work with its established network of Thai partners, including distributors, system integrators, installers, retailers and electricians to address the rooftop market.