Community scheme spreads the wealth

Published onFebruary 20, 2020

More than 200 local communities and 200 energy firms in Thailand will have a chance to take part in community-owned power projects from renewable resources, known as the Energy for All scheme, under a revision of the national power development plan (PDP). The 20-year plan’s first draft was completed on Monday and cleared a public hearing in Bangkok yesterday. The scheme is expected to attract investment of 115.98 billion baht with combined power generation of 1,933 megawatts during 2020-24. The plan allows each power project to have an installed power capacity below 10MW. Kulit Sombatsiri, the energy permanent secretary, said the private sector can form joint ventures with other stakeholders in the scheme. Renewable resources eligible for the scheme include agricultural waste (biomass), wastewater (biogas) and solar.