Expected to be grid connected, the eight separate projects are slated to be operational by 2015-end.

Suntech president Haibo Xiong said: "Suntech has shipped more than 260MW of panels to various projects throughout Thailand.

"We have recently upgraded all our solar panels to a four busbar module."

The upgraded panels minimize the probability of micro-cracks and hotspots, provide better power performance and are suitable for Thailand’s hot and humid climate.

The scope of the project will include supply of Suntech Vem series modules to the Gunkul Engineering projects that are compatible with utility-scale size power installations.

With a capacity to generate 94,000MWh of electricity per year, the solar plants are expected to reduce about 56,000t of carbon emissions a year.

Gunkul Engineering president Sopacha Dhumrongpiyawut said: "Suntech has a proven track record in Thailand, when it comes to performance and quality, as seen with the panels provided to the Sunny Bangchak solar project.

"Following the floods in 2011, the panels were submerged in water for 2 months. When the water finally receded, 80% of the panels were still producing solar."