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Economy October 31, 2013 00:00


Rules to be relaxed to boost household rooftop solar scheme

The Industrial Works Department has proposed an amendment to the Industry Ministry’s regulations, which would exempt households joining the rooftop solar scheme from having to get an industrial licence.

 Director-general Nattapon Nattasomboon said the exemption would be applied to households that generate no more than 20 kilowatts of electricity from solar panels attached to their rooftops

 He expects the proposed amendment to be ready for the Cabinet’s consideration on November 5.

 Nattapon said all relevant government units, including the Town and Planning Department, the Energy Policy and Planning Office and the Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency Department, had agreed to relax the rules to promote the scheme, which is aimed at increasing the country’s renewable-energy supply.

 If the regulations are amended, participating households will only be required to notify the industrial agencies in their respective areas, instead of having to obtain an industrial licence.

 Those aiming to generate more than 20KW are entirely factories, he said, adding that they will therefore be required to have a licence.

SCC to invest Bt228m in solar panels at its facilities

The board of Siam Cement Company yesterday approved a Bt228-million investment to further its renewable-energy initiatives through the installation of rooftop solar panels, in accordance with the Energy Ministry’s policy towards sustainable clean energy.

 Installation will be at the facilities of SCC’s subsidiaries and affiliates, with power-purchase agreements from the Metropolitan Electricity Authority and the Provincial Electricity Authority approved for the production of electricity with a capacity of 3.5 megawatts, beginning in the first half of next year.

 The investment will be undertaken through the formation of three separate 50:50 joint-venture companies: with Siam Gunkul Solar Energy, for a capacity of 1.9MW; Solar Energy Society (0.9MW); and Siam GNE Solar Energy (0.7MW).

 SCC’s solar-energy project is one of many supporting the efficient use of energy, environmental conservation, and especially, the reduction of emission, which is an example of its commitment towards its vision to be a sustainable Asean business leader, the company said.

 Last month, SCC was recognised by the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes as “Industry Leader in Construction Materials” for the third straight year.

Weak consumption blamed for ‘low’ book expo sales

Despite welcoming more than 2.5 million visitors, sales at the “18th Book Expo Thailand 2013” came in at Bt900 million during the 12-day show, which was lower than expected, the Publishers and Booksellers Association of Thailand said yesterday.

 The association had predicted sales of Bt900 million from 2 million visitors, so was disappointed that sales were no higher for 2.5 million.

 President Charun Homtienthong blamed continuing weak domestic consumption. – The Nation