Survey of Energy Resources 2007
Solar Country Notes
Thailand has appreciable solar energy resources in almost all regions, especially in the north and northeast. The average daily solar intensity is 18.2 MJ/m2. End-2005 installed photovoltaic capacity was 23 700 kWp.
During the period to 2011, stand-alone PV systems totalling 8.57 MW are scheduled to be installed in remote areas where no transmission line access is planned.
One of the most important research programmes is the project for a PV development laboratory and testing centre, to be completed in 2008.
Current applications of solar energy in Thailand include: solar home systems; battery charging stations; telecommunications; PV for health clinics; ocean navigator systems; greenhouse solar drying; hot water systems; PV for schools and water pumping.