Sale of solar rooftop power planned from September

Workmen install solar panels on a building rooftop.

The Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency has proposed that households and factories be allowed to sell electricity from solar rooftops to the national power grid from September.

DEDE director-general Praphon Wongtharua predicts that sales of electricity from household and factory solar generators could  total about 100 megawatts when the scheme is launched, according to the  government’s Public Relations Department.

Chulalongkorn University would propose details of the project to the Energy Ministry and the National Energy Policy Council would then need to approve it, he said.

People could then generator power from solar rooftops for their own use and sell any excess to the national grid provider, the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand, Mr Praphon said. He hoped it would help reduce people’s electricity costs, provide the grid with additional power during peak demand, and promote the use of renewable energy.

Egat deputy governor Saharat Boonpotipukdi said it was planned to increase the use of renewable energy to 30% of total consumption by 2036.

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