Symbior Solar’s Samut Sakhon Solar Plant Performs Above Expectations as It Celebrates One Year of Operation

Bangkok, Thailand, August 26, 2017 --( Symbior Solar celebrates the outstanding performance of the 10 megawatt (MW) Samut Sakhon Solar Plant in Thailand as it surpasses one year of operation. The plant has produced more than 21,500 megawatt hours (MWh) of clean electricity since its commissioning in December 2015, performing well above the original forecasted yield.

The Samut Sakhon Solar Plant, which benefits from Symbior Solar’s team combining local installation and operation experience and international technical expertise, is performing above expectations, demonstrating a performance ratio of 89 percent and significantly exceeding the yield and revenue forecasts in the first year of operation.

“The outstanding performance of the Samut Sakhon Solar Plant is a testament to the quality of the construction by Symbior Solar and the technical and reliability advantages of First Solar’s modules,” said Jack Curtis, First Solar’s Regional Manager, International. “We congratulate Symbior Solar on this result and look forward to continuing our partnership for future projects in Thailand.”

“We are proud of Samut Sakhon’s plant performance in the last year in Thailand showing that with a dedicated team and the right partners, emerging Asia can benefit from high-quality solar installations,” said Florian Bennhold, CEO of Symbior Solar. “Symbior Solar is committed to develop, build and operate the highest yield solar power plants in South-East Asia and First Solar PV technology’s performance advantage translates into significant gains in power output in South-East Asia’s climate.”

A recent report from Mott MacDonald analyzing 9 months of performance data from the Samut Sakhon Solar Plant provides insight into the plant’s operation during the initial year of operation through a detailed analysis of the thin-film photovoltaic (PV) technology supplied by First Solar. The independent report compares two PV technologies side-by-side, demonstrating that First Solar thin-film PV modules produce more energy than competing crystalline technologies in hot and humid climates and found that the plant exceeded the simulated yield by 1.19 percent.

The plant utilizes more than 90,000 First Solar Series 4 v2 modules, which are ideally suited to the local environmental conditions in Thailand, due to their superior temperature coefficient, better shading response, and better spectral response than competing technologies.

Symbior Solar also highlighted the contribution of the professional and well-trained operations and maintenance staff on the site. Other key design features of the plant that contributed to the performance are the low direct current / alternating current ratio, low-loss cabling especially for the direct current side and an effective real-time monitoring solution.

About Symbior Solar
Established in 2010, Symbior Solar has grown into a leading regional solar PV developer with a focus on frontier solar PV markets in Asia. With a pipeline of over 200MW, Symbior Solar continues to expand its solar PV generation platform in Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Bangladesh and Mongolia, supporting the region’s drive towards environmentally and economically sound energy supply for a sustainable future. Symbior Solar’s Samut Sakhorn 10MW plant is jointly funded by Armstrong Asset Management, Dragon Capital’s Mekong Brahmaputra Clean Development Fund and Symbior Solar. For more information about Symbior Solar, please visit

About First Solar, Inc.

First Solar is a leading global provider of comprehensive photovoltaic (PV) solar systems which use its advanced thin-film modules. The company’s integrated power plant solutions deliver an economically attractive alternative to fossil-fuel electricity generation today. From raw material sourcing through end-of-life module collection and recycling, First Solar’s renewable energy systems protect and enhance the environment. For more information about First Solar, please visit

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