Thailand has a robust long-term strategy for deploying grid-connected renewable power sources, implemented through the Thailand Integrated Energy Blueprint which is focused on energy security, maintaining reasonable energy costs that are not a barrier to economic and social development, and reducing the impact on the environment. Thailand’s latest Alternative Energy Development Plan 2015 lays out the long-term target for installed renewable energy capacity power plants at about 20 percent of total installed capacity in 2036. Thailand is currently revising its power development plan to potentially incorporate a proposed 2,000 MW renewable energy target, and falling prices for solar and wind will likely mean they will constitute a significant share of this target.
Thailand is a leading country in terms of advanced policy and regulatory frameworks for renewable energy development, and has implemented various policy incentives to support several types of renewable power. In 2016, Thailand implemented its first competitive procurement of biomass power and a revised policy for a distributed photovoltaics self-consumption scheme is expected to be announced before the end of 2017.