The Thailand government has introduced new feed-in tariffs (FiTs) for the development of 200 MW solar rooftop and 800 MW ground-mounted solar power projects. It has also guaranteed payments for 25 years, as compared to 10 years previously. Under the rooftop category, projects with capacities of up to 10 kW will be paid 6.69 baht per kWh, while those with capacities of between 10 kW and 250 kW will be paid 6.55 baht per kWh. Finally, projects whose capacities range from 250 W to 1 MW will be paid 6.16 baht per kWh. Meanwhile, ground-mounted solar systems will receive 9.75 baht per kWh for 1 to 3 years of operations, 6.5 baht per kWh from 4 to 10 years, and 4.5 baht per kWh from 11 to 25 years of project operations. These FiTs will, however, be applicable only for rooftop and ground-mounted projects installed by December 2013 and December 2014, respectively.
Thailand had announced plans for 1 gigawatt (GW) of solar photovoltaic projects in the country, which is part of an overall goal of achieving 3 GW of generation capacity by 2021. The introduction of FiTs will bring the Thai program into alignment with similar programs in Germany, UK, and Canada.