Thai Property Market Goes Green As More Developers Go For Solar Roofs
With Surging Crude Oil Prices Pushing Up Power Bills, Several Key Property Developers Have Started Including Solar Roofs And EV Chargers In New Houses.
Sutirapan Sakkawatra, vice president of Siam Commercial Bank, said this green trend was spotted recently when loans worth 600 million baht were granted to buyers of homes with solar roofs, buyers of electric vehicles (EVs) or those installing solar roofs in their homes.
Praphansak Rakchaiwan, managing director of property consultation company Lumpini Wisdom and Solution Co Ltd, confirmed this green trend. He said the price of solar panels for houses and condominium units has dropped a lot over the past 10 years. Now, the cost of a hybrid solar energy system that connects to the power grid has gone down to about 169,000 baht, which can be easily recouped in five years, he said.
Eventually, he added, solar panel users can end up saving some 945,000 baht over 25 years. He reckoned that at least 20 per cent of new home buyers will opt for units with solar roofs.