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BECIS Is Firmly Committed To Sustainability By Delivering Energy as a Service For Our Customers: Chayasak Itthisiri, General Manager, BECIS Thailand

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Chayasak Itthisiri- General Manager, BECIS Thailand

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SolarQuarter ASEAN magazine had an interesting conversation with Chayasak Itthisiri – General Manager, BECIS Thailand, and learned about some of the interesting technologies that the region has adopted. He also spoke about Energy as a Service and storage solutions provided by the company.

What is your forecast on how the solar sector is going to grow in the next 5 years?

The Solar Sector in the Southeast Asia region was a fast-growing market in the last 5 years. Despite the uncertainty due to the COVID situation, the Southeast Asia market did not witness any significant impact in the Solar Sector during the outbreak in the last 2 years.

In fact, the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) is one of the best catalysts to bring more awareness to the Government, Business Sector, and Residential markets to take immediate action in order to reach the Carbon Neutrality target. The Thai Government also aims to reduce annual Green House Gas emissions by 20-25% by 2030 and reach Net Zero in 2065 as well.  

All Countries in Southeast Asia – particularly Thailand put the best effort to accelerate the renewable energy deployment rate in the country through government policy under the Power Development plan or incentivize the investment campaign through the Board of Investment (BOI). Those support policies, definitely help the Solar industry to expand and help all stakeholders in the community to achieve their Net Zero or sustainability target For the next 5 years, the Solar Landscape will totally shift to be more decentralized, and the prosumer trend will start gradually growing. Solar Technology will be integrated more with Energy Storage and E-mobility. The Energy demand in Southeast Asia in 2040 was forecasted to double from 2017. All sectors will look for more options to achieve full access to an affordable energy source and it will definitely be clean electricity, and Solar PV will certainly be one of the most critical roles to achieve those targets.  

What are some of the innovative technologies that the region (Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar) is adopting to encourage renewables?

Energy Storage System (ESS).

The most interesting applications are the increase in self-consumption, reducing zero export losses and peak shaving to save demand charges. Challenges are still the high costs and lack of suitable and a variety of products in the C&I market (100kWh – 1 MWh). It also significantly benefits the smart grid or off-grid system where we integrate Solar PV and ESS in the hybrid system.

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Smart Grid System and Trading Digital Platform

Smart Grid will enable the bi-directional flow of energy and make more interaction between Energy Producer and Consumer through a digital platform and encourage more trading transactions than the conventional grid ever before. It has more and more influence in Prosumer business model to fulfill the concept of decentralization, decarbonization, and digitalization. 

Back to Basic: Maximize the Performance on Solar PV system 

Global manufacturers will continue developing higher efficiency, and more reliable and robust technology that performs well – especially the technology designed for C&I applications, where there is minimum intervention by the O&M team. For example, many sensors of weather stations and monitoring are designed to fit in cost-effectiveness and the characteristics of a solar C&I rooftop which is smaller scale compared to large ground-mounted utility systems.

The inverter can apply the features to optimize string performance without module optimizers or I-V curve measurements can help to simplify O&M and increase yield. It integrates safety features such as AFCI (Arc Fault protection) which help to increase safety and reduce external equipment such as fuse boxes, and arc fault.

Your company is into solar storage systems as well. Please tell us the significance and benefits of combining storage with solar.

Customers in the C&I sector always look for the best solution to meet their requirements to fit their load behavior and Sustainability goal. Energy Storage Systems can help customers consume more energy during the time when Solar PV cannot generate which is in the late evening. It will increase the % percentage of RE portion in the customers’ consumption as well.

BECIS has a successful case in the C&I to install and operate hybrid systems of Solar PV and ESS with a Jewellery factory in Thailand under the Solar PPA model. This model is valuable and will help our customers to meet their 100% RE sustainability goal sooner. 

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Moreover, Solar PV and ESS will fully benefit the social impact and be a more feasible investment when it comes to off-grid projects where it helps to reduce CO2 emissions from diesel generators and be much more affordable. This model is fit for off-grid islands or rural areas in Thailand, Myanmar, and Cambodia.

As BECIS develops, constructs operates and owns distributed energy solutions, please tell us more about your Energy as a Service.

With the EaaS model, BECIS develops, constructs operates, and owns distributed energy solutions. This reduces the risk and complexity for our customers whilst achieving their key objectives of sustainability, increased cost efficiency, and resilience of their energy infrastructure, all with no requirement for capital investment and no operation cost required from the Customer. 

Besides that BECIS believes we are not only in the Power Generation business, but we have to serve robust service quality with the customer-centric and safety mindset to our customers in order to fulfill our “Energy as a Service” model.BECIS offers a range of distributed energy solutions including Solar PV, Bioenergy, Cooling systems, Energy Management, and Energy Solutions that enable our customers to achieve decarbonization targets. With all integrated systems in one place, we communicate in one platform and maximize the performance of Energy Management.  

What are some current initiatives, policies, and schemes driving the rooftop solar sector in the given region? 

The Thai Government has the policy to support the growth of the Solar PV industry specifically in the self-consumption area.  There are several financial campaigns through grants or low-interest loans for the Energy Efficiency program from the Ministry of Energy and the Ministry of Industry to the business sector. The Board of Investment of Thailand (BOI) plays a critical role to drive the policy that incentivizes the investment from the private sector in renewable energy for self-investment or PPA model. ERC (Energy Regulatory Commission) is also working on a Third Party Access (TPA) policy to ease up the energy regulation and expand the industry.

In addition, the Thai Greenhouse Gas Management Organization (TGO) has initiated the collaboration to establish the Carbon Trading platform to promote industries’ carbon management to achieve their GHG reduction targets.

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For Cambodia, the Government has also shifted its focus more and more on both Utility-scale and on Self-consumption in the Solar market. It will be the new attractive emerging market soon. 

What have been some recent rooftop projects undertaken by your company in the Southeast Asian region?

BECIS has significantly achieved successful commissioning in many C&I projects last year.  

We have completed another extension of the 1MWp Solar PV Tracking project with a European packaging factory under a solar corporate PPA as the first solar farm system in Eastern Seaboard Industrial Estate in Thailand. This project will be connected together with the existing BECIS 3.7 MW Solar PV rooftop and Solar PV Carport to become a 4.7 MW one in total, and it helps to reduce CO2 emissions by 3,000 tons CO2 per year. BECIS is proud to be part of 100% RE success in that packaging factory.

How do you see BECIS contributing to the solar sector in the coming future?

BECIS, benefiting from highly aligned shareholders, Berkeley Energy, FMO, Siemens, and Norfund-KLP, is firmly committed to sustainability by delivering Energy as a Service for our customers. 

At BECIS, we continue to increase our competitive advantage and strengthen our value proposition to customers with the deep expertise and experience of our engineering team. BECIS will always deliver high-quality and technically sound distributed energy solutions. BECIS is dedicated to continuing growing on-the-ground footprint that will allow us to grow along with market expansion in the region and make us an ideal sustainability partner.


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