EGAT raising funds for new power plants and floating solar panels in dams in Thailand
19th February 2019
(NNT) – The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) is preparing to raise 600 billion baht for power plants and floating solar panels in dams.
EGAT Governor Viboon Rerksirathai announced a ten-year plan today, saying that EGAT is investing 600 billion baht to improve transmission systems and replace existing stations with new power plants with a total capacity of 5,400 megawatts. These include Nam Phong (Khon Kaen province), Mae Moh (Lampang Province province), Phra Nakhon Tai (Samut Prakarn province), Surat Thani and Phra Nakhon Neua (Bangkok) Power Plants. With the improvement of these power stations, EGAT’s overall ratio of electricity generation will be 31%.
The EGAT Governor indicated that power generation will be distributed to smaller plants and based on alternative energy. EGAT is now beginning to produce electricity from floating solar panels and has recently proposed this model to the Ministry of Energy. Accordingly, the installation of floating solar panels and energy storage will beef up the generating capacity of dams to 18-20 hours a day.
Mr. Viboon added EGAT has installed batteries at power plants in Lopburi in preparation for fuel emergencies. The energy storage measure has been piloted in case of blackouts and malfunctions.