Total and Betagro sign one of Thailand’s largest corporate PPAs


In Thailand, Total Solar Distributed Generation has signed a 24-year Power Purchase Agreement with food company Betagro.

The PPA is one of the largest in Thailand and will include Total developing 24 solar rooftops to power facilities owned by Betagro.

The 25MWh of solar rooftops will be equipped with over 62,000 solar panels and generate 38GWh of renewable energy capacity per annum.

The projects will avoid the emissions of 26,000 tons of carbon emissions over the life of the solar rooftops while providing about 15% of the company’s total power consumption.

Julien Pouget, senior vice president Renewables at Total, said: “With this project in Thailand, Total Solar Distributed Generation continues to grow its reach in the dynamic solar market in Southeast Asia where renewables will represent 30% of power generation sources by 2040.”

Mr. Vasit Taepaisitphongse, CEO and president, Betagro Group, said that: “Betagro runs the business in a sustainable way which not only improves society’s quality of life while reducing impact to the environment. We also have strong interest in clean and environmentally friendly energy such as solar power. The implementation of these solar-powered solutions will be very beneficial to our operations, effectively managing to drive down our costs and the impact on environmentWe are confident that the partnership with Total Solar Distributed Generation, will help Betagro Group achieve these objectives.

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Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.