May 29, 2013 - In May 2013, construction was completed on one of the largest solar power generation plants in Thailand, one that Sharp Corporation had been contracted to construct by NED. The newly constructed 10.3MW-dc power generation facility stands next to a 73.2MW-dc one that was completed in March 2012. The two sites boast a combined output of approximately 84MW-dc.
The plant will be operated by NED, which receives capital from DGA.
NED placed a construction order for this project with Sharp, ITE, and ITD. Sharp collaborated on the design and construction of the plant and also supplied the solar modules and surrounding systems for it.
The power plant employs thin-film solar modules that, compared to crystalline solar cells, offer superior performance characteristics under high temperatures. Sharp supplied approximately 640,000 of these modules—along with the requisite surrounding systems—on an expansive area of about 2.16 square kilometers. Maintenance services will be provided by Sharp Solar Maintenance Asia Co., Ltd. (SSMA), a Sharp subsidiary established in March 2011. Specially trained and qualified personnel will provide operational support by inspecting and servicing the entire plant.