Renewable energy in Thailand

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Renewable energy in Thailand is a sector that is developing in Thailand. With its current rate of carbon emissions, Thailand must follow suit from its neighbors by cutting emissions down through the use of renewable energy.[1] Several policies, such as the Eleventh Plan, set goals for renewable energy, such as biofuel implementation, in order to reduce the reliance of nonrenewable energy.[2] For example, the use of biofuel can provide many benefits, such as reducing carbon emissions and reducing reliance on imported fuel.[3] Some of the major renewable energy sources would be wind power, solar power, and biofuel. Improving governance over renewable energy is seen as an important measure to attract investment in renewables and widely deploy them throughout the country.[4]

Renewable energy sources[edit]

Total Renewable Energy Installed Capacity (May 2014)

Source Total Installed Capacity (MW)
Wind Power 223.00
Solar Power (SPV) 100.00
Hydro Power 7,042.00
Biomass Power 4,593.00
Total 11,958.00

Hydro energy[edit]

Solar energy[edit]

Solar power in Thailand has been expanding since in 2011. Thailand was targeted to reach 55 MW by 2011.[5] As of 2021, Thailand is seen as one of the most successful ASEAN countries in terms of developing solar energy.[6]

Wind energy[edit]

Wind power in Thailand amounts to an installed production capacity of 223 MW as of the end of 2013.[7] Installed capacity was 112 MW by the end of 2012, with 111 MW added in 2013. This ranks Thailand 34th in the world by installed capacity.

Geothermal energy[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Marks, Danny (2011). "Climate Change and Thailand: Impact and Response". Contemporary Southeast Asia. 33 (2): 229–258. doi:10.1355/cs33-2d. JSTOR 41288828. Gale A268961478 Project MUSE 450064 ProQuest 888030269.
  2. ^ Sitdhiwej, Chacrit (2016). "Renewable Energy Law and Policy in Thailand". Renewable Energy Law and Policy Review. 7 (2): 184–189. doi:10.4337/relp.2016.02.09. JSTOR 26256498. S2CID 251234947. ProQuest 1849264738.
  3. ^ Suanmali, S.; Limmeechokchai, B. (2013-07-31). "The Assessment of Biofuel Utilization Policy on the Total Output and CO2 Emissions in Thailand". Journal of Engineering, Project, and Production Management. 3 (2): 57–64. doi:10.32738/JEPPM.201307.0002. S2CID 55965186.
  4. ^ Vakulchuk, Roman; Kresnawan, Muhammad Rizki; Merdekawati, Monika; Overland, Indra; Sagbakken, Haakon Fossum; Suryadi, Beni; Yurnaidi, Zulfikar (2020). "Thailand: Improving the Business Climate for Renewable Energy Investment". doi:10.13140/RG.2.2.16512.66568. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  5. ^ "Thailand Joins the Solar Fast Lane". Archived from the original on 2014-10-06. Retrieved 2014-08-26.
  6. ^ Overland, Indra; Sagbakken, Haakon Fossum; Chan, Hoy-Yen; Merdekawati, Monika; Suryadi, Beni; Utama, Nuki Agya; Vakulchuk, Roman (December 2021). "The ASEAN climate and energy paradox". Energy and Climate Change. 2: 100019. doi:10.1016/j.egycc.2020.100019. hdl:11250/2734506.
  7. ^ Greenpeace: "Global Installed Wind Power Capacity", 2013

External links[edit]

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