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United States: Thai-German Cooperation on Community-Based Renewables

Published at: Oct 18, 2013
source: German International Cooperation

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The Thai Ministry of Energy is increasing its efforts to engage regions and provinces in tapping Thailand’s renewable energy potential via various recent initiatives such as a feed-in tariff for community-based photovoltaic installations or biogas from energy crops.

To accelerate decentralised energy production and exchange experiences, the Royal Thai Embassy in Germany, the Project Development Programme of GIZ on behalf of the ‘renewables – Made in Germany’ initiative and the German-Thai Chamber of Commerce (GTCC) jointly organised a workshop on Thai-German Cooperation for Community-Based RE on 2 September in Bangkok.

Chutintorn Gongsakdi, Director General of the Department of International Economic Affairs and Detlef Dauke, Director General of Energy Policy at the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) called for intensified cooperation to support community-based RE. Mr Dauke further added that not only is Germany on track with its energy transition, but also in its RE cooperation with Thailand.

During the workshop, pioneers from both countries presented best practices of business models (e.g. the German ‘Climate Community’ in Saerbeck that built a 29 MW energy park), or successful ways to motivate communities (e.g. in Thailand’s Mae Hong Son Province).

The PDP now aims to establish a 100% Thai-German RE model region at the urging of the workshop’s participants from both the public and private sectors.

For further information, visit www.giz.de/projektentwicklungsprogramm or contact Thomas Chrometzka (thomas.chrometzka@giz.de) or Regine Dietz (regine.dietz@giz.de).

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