Pattaya officials considering restarting echo-friendly power plant on Koh Larn

Pattaya officials are currently in the process of contemplating resurrecting the alternative-energy solar and wind powered energy plant on the island of Koh Larn just off of Pattaya.

The power plant located on Samae Beach was the cities first attempt at echo friendly means of generating electricity costing the city 170-million-baht to construct.

The pilot project was completed back in 2011 and aimed to produce electricity to power Pattaya city offices as well as street lights on the island of Koh Larn utilising 45 wind turbines also built on the island and solar-panels.

Pattaya officials considering restarting echo-friendly power plant on Koh Larn

Initially residents on the island were confused believing that the power plant was to supply electricity to the entire island, however as the project only generated 200 kw of energy this was only sufficient to power street lighting and city offices.

The project was spearheaded by Pattaya’s former mayor believing it would also attract increased tourist numbers to the island however no money was allocated for maintenance and upkeep and the project was subsequently shut down a couple of years after it started.

Pattaya’s current mayor Anan Charoenchasri has ordered a survey be conducted to provide an estimate of how much it will cost to restart the program, however there have been reports that salt air has corroded much of the equipment and that many of the solar panels may be damaged beyond repair.

Since its closure beach vendors have moved onto the beach and begun renting out sections of government owned land, mayor Anan has ordered that authorities remove those who have moved in illegally.

Source : Pattaya Mail

Content : LovePattayaThailand

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