Promoting Renewable Energy in Mae Hong Son Province

Mae Hong Son
UNDP Thailand/Mark S. Cogan : A view of Mae Hong Son from the top of one of its many mountains.

Renewable energy is critical to Thailand’s energy independence. As its economy grows, its energy demand will grow along with it. The energy sector in Thailand is the largest source of CO2 emissions, accounting for more than half of the nation’s total CO2 emissions in recent years. If the trend continues, these emissions would increase fourfold by 2020, or  an average annual increase of around 4%. The Thai Government has made it a goal to get as much as 20 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2022.

What are we going to do?

UNDP will work closely with relevant agencies on renewable energy and sustainable development, as well as provincial and local authorities in establishing necessary policy, capacity strengthening in both technical and managerial skills. Furthermore, UNDP will facilitate and provide necessary interventions: (a) Dialogues among all stakeholders; (b) Enhancing market feasibility for renewable energy options with private sector engagement; (c) Capacity building of local government and community groups; (d) Establishment of coordination mechanism between communities, vulnerable groups and local governments.

What do we hope to achieve?

Strengthened institutional, organizational and social capacity results in planning, management and implementation of integrated RE programs in Mae Hong Son, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai and Tak

The project will help integrate renewable energy technologies into provincial planning along with promoting effective coordination of “top-down” and “bottom-up” planning among stakeholders. UNDP will promote institutional arrangements for cooperatively-owned and PPP renewable energy systems, and assist the transfer ownership to local areas with local leaders supported by strong community organizations.

Financially sustainable RE systems are operational in MHS, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Tak.

The project will assist all shareholders who are involved in a RE investment to be aware of the social, economic and environmental benefits and costs of RE systems. The project will also prepare recommendations for improvements to current policies and create suggestions for promoting RE applications. Training courses in community organization and the technical and financial skills will be designed and conducted to manage RE systems. UNDP will also assist communities and businesses gain access to loans in developing RE systems.

Local technical support is available for RE applications in MHS, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai and Tak

The project will mobilize technical expertise to support courses and develop local teaching skills to train operators, technicians and entrepreneurs in the maintenance and repair of RE systems.  UNDP will create and distribute information on different RE technologies and requirements for maintenance and repair. The project will also provide technical support to domestic manufacturing of RE equipment such as solar panels and solar water heaters.

Policies facilitate up-scaling and replication of RE systems in Rural Thailand

The project will support the development of a Centre of Learning in MHS with a focus on the role of RE in the Sufficiency Economy. UNDP will work with all major government stakeholders to ensure that programmes are consistent and promote RE as a major solution to Thailand’s growing energy demand.  The project will work to ensure that the revised tariff and subsidy system makes RE systems more financially attractive. UNDP will also support awareness campaigns by the government, targeting provincial and central policy makers.

Promoting Renewable Energy in Mae Hong Son Province
Thailand Environment Institute, the Government of Mae Hong Son, provincial working groups, local government and community-based organizations
To overcome barriers to Renewable Energy (RE) services in integrated provincial renewable energy programs in Thailand.
Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Tak Provinces
Global Environment Facility
Programme Financials
US$ 2,712,700.