BO NOK AND BAN KRUT SWITCHE ON SOLAR

Feature story - April 11, 2002
Greenpeace helped the villagers of Bo Nok and Ban Krut in the province of Prachuap Khiri Khan install solar power on two public buildings, to illustrate that the community is serious in its desire for renewable energy for Thailand.

A team of two Greenpeace activists and three workers from Thai Agency Engineering installed solar panels on the roof of a primary school (Ban Nong Pu Lok) in Bo Nok and at a local temple, Thong Chai Thammachak, in Ban Krut. The panels will provide around 2 kilowatts of power to each which is enough electricity to operate the lights and power needs of the buildings. Both systems are connected to the main electricity grid so that they are a real and viable alternative to the proposed coal plants and demonstrate that the people of Bo Nok and Ban Krut not just complaining about the coal fired plants. They are doing something about achieving truly sustainable and reliable energy supplies.

Installing the solar panels on these community buildings is the first step towards achieving sustainable renewable energy sources here which will eventually include a larger solar programme, biomass and wind sources.

For the past 8 years, people of Prachuap Khiri Khan have opposed plans by US energy company Edison and Thai company, Gulf Power to build two coal fired power stations in the region. The proposed plants are funded by a consortium of US, Japanese, Hong Kong and Thai companies.

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