Rush to register for solar energy sales to state
- Published: 23/09/2013 at 05:34 PM
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More than 800 companies, and about 200 houseowners who have or plan to install solar power generating systems registered their willingness to sell electricity to the Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA) and Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) power grid on Monday.
People submit applications to sell solar energy to the Provincial Electricity Authority at its head office in Ngam Wong Wan, Sept 23, 2013. (Photo by Pattarapong Hiranard)
The two state-run power authorities on Monday opened for registration to buy a total of 200 megawatts of electricity, half from businesses and half from households. Of the total, 120 megawatts were allocated to provinces and 80 megawatts for Bangkok.
Applications under its "Solar PV Rooftop" scheme will be accepted until Oct 11. Sucessful applicants will be announced from Oct 14.
The first business representative arrived at MEA headquarters in Ploenchit about 4am, and the first householder wanting to sell excess energy to the state arrived about the same time at the PEA head office in Ngam Wong Wan.
By the time the office opened at 9am there were over 1,000 people waiting to submit their applications. The committee in charge therefore decided to randomly draw queue numbers for the applicants. Planned criteria for electricity purchase to be on a first come first served basis habve not been set.
Bangchak Petroleum Plc, is the largest applicant, offering to sell solar energy from the rooftop of its 100 gasoline stations, producing approximately 11-15 kilowatts each. Warehouse operator WHA Corporation offers to sell the most megawatts.
Other business operators competing to sell solar energy to the state are retailers Central Department Store, Big C and The Mall Group, along with many factories.
The Energy Regulatory Commission chairman Direk Lawansiri, said it was unlikely the household sector would submit applications to take up its full quota of 100 megawatts. Authorities would wait until applications close before making a decision on this.
He said if the applications exceed the quota, the names of failed applicants would be kept on the waiting list for reference in the event purchases of solar energy were expanded.
After approval to sell solar energy into the power grid, the selected businesses or households would have to install the system within 30 days. They would then have to seek a licence to produce the energy and start selling the electricity to either the MEA or the PEA. The process must be completed by Dec 31, 2013.
By the end of the first day of registration, a total of 842 businesses had applied, but fewer than 200 households.
Under the purchase, the buying price - known as Feed in Tariff (FiT) - is set at at 6.96 baht per kilowatt for households with capacity of 1-10 kilowatts, 6.55 baht for 10-250 kilowatts for small buildings and 6.19 baht for 250-1,000 kilowatts for medium and large buildings or factories. All contracts will valid for 25 years.
Households planning to install solar panels for input into the grid should expect to spend 200,000-700,000 baht.
On average solar power generation installation costs 60,000-70,000 baht per kilowatt, but the cost depends on the type of panels and rooftop.
A household with a 10 kilowatt capacity could expect to see a return on investment in 7-8 years based on four hours of average productivity per day.
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