01 Jul '11, 6pm
Thailand May Double Solar Target to 1GW
Israel's efforts to harness solar , gigantic French solar farms , a 2-mile-long solar train tunnel in Belgium , or tantalizing signs that Australia may finally get serious about solar , the Global race to build viable, utility-scale solar power plants is most definitely on. Thailand has already made a significant impact on this trend, with ambitious targets to produce 500MW of solar power (and source 20% of its energy consumption from renewables) by 2022. With investors pouring in for early projects, the country's Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency is considering doubling that target to 1GW.