(EnergyAsia, December 21 2011, Wednesday) — Germany’s Conergy said it has been selected by CH Karnchang Public Company Limited to supply the components as well as jointly serve as the engineering and design consultants for its 9MW solar park in Thailand.

Conergy will work closely with local partner Ensys Co Ltd who will provide the local engineering and installation services for the project being developed by CH Karnchang’s subsidiary, Bangkehnchai Co Ltd.

The 79,000-sq m solar park in Pak Thong Chai district in Nakhon Ratchasima province, located about 259 km northeast of Bangkok is targeted for completion next June. It is expected to produce 12,778 MWh of electricity a year, supplying power to nearly 4,000 households.

Conergy, which did not reveal the value of the contract, said the solar-produced electricity will help Thailand eliminate an estimated 7,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.

For CH Karnchang, this will be its first solar park project and marks another milestone in its 40-year history of developing outstanding infrastructure projects in Southeast Asia. The company expects to develop more solar park projects in Southeast Asia as well as contribute to Thailand’s plans to increase the share of renewable energy to 25% of the country’s total energy mix by 2022.

Alexander Lenz, President of Conergy South East Asia & the Middle East, said the recent floods devastating Thailand have created “very challenging” conditions, but insisted that they will not derail the company’s plan to continue building solar parks in the country.

“If anything, the type of extreme weather we see in Thailand and many other countries around the world is more reason to get behind solar power as a clean, sustainable, and safe source of energy.

“I am very proud of the Conergy South East Asia team for securing this new project to build the next important solar power plant in Thailand, despite the recent unfortunate events caused by the severe weather conditions in the country.”

Marc Lohoff, Corporate Vice President and President for Conergy Asia Pacific & Middle East, said:

“Their achievement again underscores Conergy’s strong position in the emerging Southeast Asian market, in line with our success in India, Australia and the Middle East. Customers trust our high quality solutions as they know that we are committed to deliver the highest performance systems even in the most challenging environments.”

Chumpol Patanukom, Director of Ensys Company Ltd, said: “The future is moving towards low impact and sustainable renewable energy resources and Thailand’s Power Development Plan is also focusing and following such global trends. We are very happy to be part of this 9MW solar park project of CH Karnchang together with Conergy to supply clean and sustainable power to our community.”

Hamburg-based Conergy AG is a leading solar company, with 1,500 employees in 14 countries on four different continents. As a system supplier, the Conergy Group develops and produces crystalline solar modules, inverters and mounting systems at three locations in Germany.

Since its founding in 1998, the Frankfurt Stock Exchange-listed company has sold more than 1.5 gigawatts of solar energy.

As one of Thailand’s leading general contractors and basic infrastructure developers, CH Karnchang Public Company Limited has more than 30 years of successful experiences in the construction of large-scale infrastructure, building complex and general civil works.

Since its establishment in 1996, Ensys Co Ltd has been focusing on providing electrical power solutions for heavy and basic industries. Besides supplying high voltage substations, power distribution and completed electrification solutions, Ensys has been building up its renewable energy business, with focus on biomass and solar power.