Sharp Corporation has signed an agreement with Serm Sang Palang Ngan Co (SSP) to construct a 52-megawatt large-scale solar-power plant in Thailand. With construction beginning this month, operations are scheduled to start by the end of the year.
The plant will be operated by power producer SSP, which earlier placed a construction order for the project with Sharp, Italthai Engineering Co and Italian-Thai Development. Sharp is collaborating on the design and construction of the plant and will also supply the solar modules and balance of plant (BOP) for it.
When the new plant comes online, the total generation capacity of Sharp solar-power plants in Thailand will exceed 150MW.
The power plant will employ thin-film solar modules that offer superior performance characteristics under high temperatures. Sharp will supply about 400,000 of these modules – along with the requisite BOP – on an area of about 1.3 square kilometres.
Maintenance and operational control will be provided by Sharp Solar Maintenance Asia Co, a Sharp subsidiary established in March 2011. Specially trained and qualified personnel will provide operational support by inspecting and servicing the entire plant, the company says.
Sharp says it will continue to develop a top-to-bottom business model that includes collaborating on the design and construction of solar power plants, supplying BOP, and providing maintenance and operational control services.