New Thai Firm Wins $275 Million Solar Energy Plant Deal A newly established company in Bangkok with no previous power industry experience has provisionally secured an agreement with Burma’s Ministry of Electric Power to build the country’s first solar energy plant. Green Earth (Thailand) Company Limited has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to build a large solar “farm” at Minbu near the capital Naypyidaw. Green Earth said the project would eventually have an electricity-generating capacity of 210 megawatts and cost US $275 million. The MoU was signed in Bangkok with Deputy Minister for Electric Power Aung Than Oo.
Thailand’s ministries of Public Health and Natural Resources and Environment will closely monitor and inspect food imported from Japan and Thailand’s air quality to check radiation levels but downplayed any direct and immediate threat to the country following explosions in Japanese nuclear power plants in Fukushima.