Dr Krissanapong KIRTIKARA

Dr Krissanapong KIRTIKARA

King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, Thailand

On PV Power Plants Development in Thailand

Adoption of PV Technology on solar power plants in Thailand has followed three distinct incentive mechanisms, namely, introduction of adder in 2007, switching from adder to Feed-in-Tariff (FiT) and rooftop in 2013. By mid 2016, about 2,600 MW of PV modules, mostly in power plants, have been installed, of which 75% are X-Si and 9 % a-Si. On power plants sizes, 22% are SPP (>10MW) and 78 % are VSPP (1-10 MW). Grid-connected local necessary codes are determined by the two distributing utilities, the Provincial Electricity Authority and the Metropolitan Electricity Authority. Initially, international codes were adopted. Presently, after a decade of grid interactive operation, the two utilities develop their own requirements of grid-connected inverters that must be registered for utilizations.


Dr.Krissanapong Kirtikara received a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering (First Class Honors) and a PhD from University of Glasgow, UK, in 1973. He became a full time academic member at the Faculty of Engineering, King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT) upon his graduation. He cofounded a School on Energy and Materials of the University in 1977, the School pioneering renewable energy research including photovoltaics. Dr.Kirtikara chaired an ASEAN group on non-conventional energy research in 1980s and 1990s. His experiences with photovoltaics were initially stand-alone PV water pumping stations, battery charging stations, and remote-area power supplies for rural Thailand in1990s. He helped established a national solar cell test facility at KMUTT in 2006. His present interests are PV and wind grid-connected systems focusing on power system quality, and energy policy.