Wind energy is growing in popularity globally, including significant growth in Asia. While there is considerable focus on China’s wind industry, other countries across Asia are developing their wind industries as well. While it is difficult to compete with China, many nations are making marks in their own nations and making a difference for their energy needs.
Currently the largest wind farm in the Southeast Asia region is located in the Philippines. The Bangui Bay wind farm has a wind capacity of 33 megawatts and has been open since 2005. However, a new farm in Thailand is expected to become the largest wind farm in the region, far surpassing its counterpart in the Philippines.
A new wind farm in Thailand is expected to be operational in November with a total of 45 wind turbines. This wind farm is located in Nakhon Ratchasima and will have a capacity of 103.5 megawatts, far surpassing the currently largest wind farm of 33 megawatts. The wind farm cost approximately $211 million.
This is the first of numerous wind farms planned for Thailand through the company Wind Energy Holding. The company is expected to install 1,000 megawatts of capacity by the year 2020 in the country. Between 2011 and 2016, 550 megawatts of energy are expected to be installed via the wind farms. This aspect of the 1,000 megawatt plan by 2020 is expected to cost around $1.3 billion. Another 103.5 megawatt wind farm is already being developed in the Nakhon Ratchasima region, expected to be open in 2013. Between 2016 and 2020 another 500 megawatts in wind farms are expected to be installed by West Energy Holding.
Thailand is not known for their high or consistent winds, in fact they have largely low wind speed. The large and typical wind turbines have failed in the country before, however, the regions chosen by the company have speeds of at least 17 miles per hour, according to founder of company.