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Banpu uses China and Japan solar expertise

Jun 28. 2019
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By THE NATION

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While it is known to many that China and Japan are Asia’s solar pioneers, few are aware that Banpu, a Thai energy company, has established a strong foothold in China’s and Japan’s solar market with its solar farm operations in these two countries for more than five years.

Banpu said it has a strategic vision to build its alternative energy business based on “Greener and Smarter” approach. By bringing the experiences and expertise from its overseas solar farms back to Thailand through Banpu Energy Technology Business Group, the company is offering a clean energy option to companies across industries while playing its role to support Thailand’s smart city endeavour as part of the government’s Thailand 4.0 economic model.

Kanokwan Jitchobtham, a Banpu managing director, said: “Solar power is one of the most preferred alternative sources of energy, which prompted many countries around the world to invest continuously in new solar generation capacity and technologies. Based on ‘Global Market Outlook for Solar Power 2018 – 2022’ report by SolarPower Europe, renewable energy has grown by more than doubling from 2007 to 2017, when its total share reached 12.1 per cent of total global power output. Solar is the fastest growing power generation source, contributing as many as 98 GW to the combined 260 GW of net power generating capacity added in 2017 by all power generation technologies.

“With a vision to grow our alternative energy business based on “Greener & Smarter” strategy and to drive forward our solar power business, BANPU formed our Energy Technology Business Group in 2017 to offer solar installation service and integrated smart city solutions,” she said.

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