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RATCH Group supports communities with solar energy Replace fossil fuels, reduce costs, reduce global warming

“Zero cost for electricity expenses since installing solar panels” echoes the success of “Community Energy Project” Phase 3 (Year 2020-2022) from Mrs. Pol Ritlum, a role model of Charoen Phon Farm after joining the community energy project of RATCH Group Public Company Limited, in collaboration with the Ratchaburi Provincial Energy Office. This is a key milestone of the project aiming to promote the community's potential to create means to reduce energy consumption and apply local wisdom together with modern technology to develop energy innovations that are suitable for the community's context in reducing energy consumption. This will help reduce both direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions. Besides, it builds community’s protection to cope with climate change in order to meet the Sustainable Development Goal 13, which the world is in need of cooperation from everyone to help lessen activities that cause greenhouse gas emissions to seriously reduce global warming.

Mrs. Pol Ritlum, a leader of the Rai Charoen Phon Community Energy Learning Center, Yang Hak subdistrict, Pak Tho district, Ratchaburi province, under the support of the Community Energy Project, dreams for this farm to be a model for using solar energy to generate electricity for farming, which significantly reduces energy costs.

“In the past, Rai Charoen Phon used gasoline and electricity to pump water for agriculture. Upon learning that the community energy project of the RATCH Group and the Ratchaburi Provincial Energy Office began operation in Yang Hak subdistrict by promoting the use of solar energy in place of oil and electricity. We became interested, applied to join the project, and were selected to be a community energy learning center. After that the project installed the 3,400-watt rooftop solar cells to store energy and convert it to electricity for use with the water pump to bring water supply from the pool to be used in the mixed farming plot of Charoen Phon Farm. Since the start of using electricity from solar energy, it reduced electricity bills from thousands of baht going to zero. Rai Charoen Phon Integrated Agriculture Learning Center is willing to be a voice to share knowledge to those who are interested and ready to accept the idea of using solar energy, which in addition to reducing the amount of use and dependence on external energy. It also helps to save household expenses. It also has a positive effect on the environment. It does not cause pollution from fuel combustion which is the cause of global warming air pollution and PM 2.5 dust to our community as well.”

Ms. Choosri Kietkajornkul, CEO of RATCH Group Public Company Limited said that the Company has been operating the community energy project for more than 10 years with the aim of promoting energy efficiency for the community, and the development of community energy concepts including energy innovation in a specific locality or community context. The community is involved in thinking and participating in this project. It is expected that the awareness and understanding of energy conservation will be the basis of thinking that extends towards changing the way of using energy efficiently and environmentally. It also helps meet the Sustainable Development Goal 13 on climate action with community energy projects. It is a collaboration between the private sector, the public sector and the community sector to help alleviate the problem of global warming.

For the Community Energy Project, Yang Hak subdistrict, Pak Tho district, Ratchaburi province, the Company has been operating the project since 2020, focusing on promoting the use of solar energy for the community to reduce fossil fuels consumption. It was piloted by supporting eight solar powered water pumps, which more than 100 homes have used in agriculture and household consumption. As a result, the community can reduce the purchase of gasoline for the pump by approximately 17,280 liters, which reduces greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 37,836.29 kgCO2e and also reduces the gasoline expenses by approximately 518,400 baht (calculated from the oil price at 30 baht per liter).

The project has been expanded by installing 3,400-watt rooftop solar panels and a solar powered water pump in the Charoen Phon Integrated Agriculture Learning Center and Tanaosri Coffee Group Community Enterprise to be the learning center of the Yang Hak subdistrict community for the use of solar energy. This will help the community to be self-dependent in a sustainable way in support of building protection for the community to cope with climate change.

Mr. Krirk Mankong, the specialist of Ratchaburi Provincial Energy Office, said that the community energy project in Yang Hak subdistrict has 40 community energy volunteers as the core to drive various activities, including collecting data on the energy use of the subdistrict and participated in the preparation of the subdistrict energy plan as well. From a survey of energy expenditures in Yang Hak subdistrict in 2020, the value reached 108 million baht. It started with raising awareness among the community, organizing a forum for knowledge sharing, as well as organizing a study visit to successful communities in energy management by applying the knowledge to be appropriate to the context of Yang Hak subdistrict. It also supported a 3,400-watt solar energy water pump by piloting it in the Charoen Phon Integrated Agriculture Learning Center and Tanaosri Coffee Group Community Enterprise. Both areas were then developed as learning centers for transferring knowledge on solar energy and demonstration of solar cell installation, operation and maintenance of solar cells for communities interested in sustainable ways of using the energy. It also helps strengthen the fundamental economy. The community can rely on natural energy in a sustainable way. It is the first in Tambon Yang Hak to use solar power for pumping water into the coffee plantation and it can be done regularly. As a result, the produce has been improved until it can be used to develop new products such as coffee soap, coffee flower tea, drip coffee, generating more income for the community.

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ป้ายสนับสนุนระบบสูบน้ำด้วยพลังงานแสงอาทิตย์ขนาด 3,400 วัตต์ ศูนย์เรียนรู้พลังงานชุมชน วิสาหกิจชุมชนกลุ่มกาแฟตะนาวศรี

Mobile solar powered water pump system is beneficial to more than 100 households in Yan Hak subdistrict using for agriculture and household consumption

Mrs. Pol Ritlum and Mr. Charoen Ritlum, co-founders of the community energy learning center of Rai Charoen Phon Integrated Agriculture Learning Center, Yang hak subdistrict, Pak Tho district, Ratchaburi

Installing solar rooftop panels to convert into electricity for water pumping system of Rai Charoen Phon Learning center helped saving energy costs and being environmentally friendly

Mr. Krirk Mankong, the specialist of Ratchaburi Provincial Energy Office

A water pumping system from solar power for pumping water into the coffee plantation of Tanaosri Coffee Group Community Enterprise Learning Center

The 3,400-watt solar rooftop panels installed at Tanaosri Coffee Group Community Enterprise Learning Center which can generate and distribute electricity to supply water for farming approximately 5 hours per day

The produce of coffee beans from Tanaosri Coffee Group Community Enterprise Learning Center that received water supply from solar powered water pumping system help reduce production cost and increase income to Yang Hak community

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