Roof rental is solar power for all
Bangkok Post, Sep 15, 2014
By Sopitsuda Tongsopit, Aisa Sano, Tanai Potisat
‘In Thailand, 99% of the households that joined the solar feed-in tariff programme are from the high-income segment.” This comment from Dr Dusit Krea-ngam is a bit of a shock to us.
“There has never been any inquiry or interest from customers in the middle-income household bracket,” he explained.
One of the major obstacles to installing solar panels is the significantly high upfront cost, which is said to be 400,000 baht for a typical 5 kilowatt system for residential usage in Thailand.
However, a new business model can potentially fill this inaccessible gap — the roof-rental business. That is, a company, which installs solar systems on customers’ roofs for free, earns the Feed-In-Tariffs…