The solar energy industry has gained significant development over the past few decades, while making vast and impressive contributions to accelerating the transition to renewable energy, better addressing the climate change and creating a greener living environment for human beings. However, from a global perspective, the solar development is uneven–many regions in the world which have huge solar potential along with many benefits to residents lack a robust ecology comprised of various aspects including strong social awareness, consistent governmental support, mature technology systems, effective policies and regulations, and adequate capital. These regions are mainly in developing areas, like Africa, Asia, and South America, occupying a large proportion of the world’s population. In the meanwhile, there are still some 1 billion people across the globe have no electricity access; most of these people are living in rural communities of the areas mentioned above–many practices have proven that solar energy deployment is an ideal means to alleviate energy poverty.
Aiming to make the public to get to know more about and obtain good understandings of the potential, states, and obstacles of the solar energy development in these regions and areas, Solar Magazine launches the Solar Energy Profiles column and will publish profiles for different countries regularly. We will concentrate our efforts on the developing as well as the less developed countries first since they have received less attention. We hope that these profiles composed of official statistics, market analyses and expert insights can catch more attention from international policymakers, development organizations and associations, technology professionals, and investors to form a strong cohesion to accelerate the solar energy deployment and address the energy issues.
We first zoom in on the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) whose population has reached 651 million by 2018. Here is our first country to report on–Thailand.
Thailand Solar Energy Profile
The first ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) member state to institute the equivalent of a feed-in tariff (FiT), more solar power capacity has been installed in Thailand than in any other of the 10 ASEAN members. Thailand has the one of the largest, and the most diverse, bases of renewable energy resources of any ASEAN nation, according to national and international assessments, which means there’s plenty of room for growth...[Read more]