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    Connecting electricity to my land

    hello, i am wondering if anyone have the experience of bringing electricity to a plot of land that is about 300 meters away from the grid. what would the approximate cost be?
    what are the pitfalls? how many phases do you recommend for a small guesthouse and farm land? please tell me your experience and point me to weblinks for more info.

    i know that the electricity company will give the quote for connecting, but is there a way to quick estimate what the cost would be?

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    Try this.
    by dozer Tue Sep 23, 2008 5:28 pm
    On thing you need to be aware of is that what ever money you pay to get electricity installed is classified as a donation - and as such the transformers, wires, posts and other fittings therefore will become public property. At least in Pattaya if you pay to do an electric installation, you will need to also guarantee the wire against theft, meaning that you must not only pay for the wire once, but also be on the hook for any theft which might occur in the future, 'until' there is at least one completed house and the electric department accepts responsiblity for the wire. Most of the time one would get temporary electric run to the plot of the first house until the house is completed and then apply and pay for permanent electric to be run in, thereby eliminating the problem of being on the hook for stolen wire.

    Another issue comes in to play as to how you specify your project. If you say up front, I am buying land and am going to build a house to live in, the costs will be dramatically lower than if you say I'm doing a project of 8 houses and need to run electric in. In the later case you will be charged for a transformer which may be 100k to 200k. In the former case there will be no transformer, and once houses start being built it will be on the electric department to make sure sufficient electricity is delivered.

    Overall costs are difficult to estimate, all it takes is a trip to the electric department and they can give you an idea. Just make sure you know about if you are doing a project (expensive route) or building a house (cheaper project) up front. Another note: those doing complete villages fall into a whole other category since the electric will be run in and the transformer will essentially be theirs (within the village walls) and they will then distribute electric to each hosehold within the village.
    http://coolthaihouse.com/forum/viewt...hp?f=18&t=1303

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    thank you!

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    Superman, i know that i will have to pay for the poles and generator,

    So, if i tell the electric company that i need it for home use and than upgrade later for a commercial use, would it be cheaper?

    also the electricity meter would be located just infront of the property? so if someone connects to the lines on the way illegaly, i assume its the electric company lose? right?

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    If someone connects to your meter illegally, you lose

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    Quote Originally Posted by aircut
    also the electricity meter would be located just infront of the property?
    You would have to ask where they intend to place it.
    It could quite likely be put on the nearest existing pole.
    Then you can run your own line to the house

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    Out in the sticks here i see meters with no seal on all time , electric is stollen at the meter on regular bases conected to the live side of meter.
    The best one is order a meter for farm use and then conect your house to it or at least your fridge farm use is a lot cheeper tarif.
    When i was having my house built i borrowed a house from the sil she wasent useing i found a wire to a water land pump ( suknam) i was paying for from some one els that had conected to it. I soon disconected that, they where well upset.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aircut
    So, if i tell the electric company that i need it for home use and than upgrade later for a commercial use, would it be cheaper?
    That answer could only come from the Electricity Company. Different offices, different rules and all that.

    Quote Originally Posted by aircut
    if someone connects to the lines on the way illegaly, i assume its the electric company lose? right?
    If someone connects to the line before the meter then it's the Electricity Company's problem. Your problem after the meter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aircut
    i am wondering if anyone have the experience of bringing electricity to a plot of land that is about 300 meters away from the grid. what would the approximate cost be?
    it depends if the connection will be along public road or across private land

    they electricity company will bring the wires and put poles along a road until they are near to your house (that is where they will put your meter), you then have to take your supply across your land using your own poles and wire

    they guys doing the official job will often do the unofficial one too
    I have reported your post

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    I have asked the electricity "company" here in Surin what the costs are to connect our land to the net, they told me 7000THB per 40m.

    Now we try to get neighbours involved so we can write a letter to the government stating that we want them to make this connection for free. It's probably going to work but we will have to wait up to a year or so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Koetjeka
    Now we try to get neighbours involved so we can write a letter to the government stating that we want them to make this connection for free. It's probably going to work but we will have to wait up to a year or so.
    Our local village was told that signatures were needed from 20 households before they would provide a connection to the farmland outside the village, effectively putting this and the neighbouring village on the same grid. The list was provided 10 years ago and they are still waiting.

    If no-one is prepared to chuck some money behind the project then the Electric Company aren't interested, at least in our area up in the sticks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Troy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Koetjeka
    Now we try to get neighbours involved so we can write a letter to the government stating that we want them to make this connection for free. It's probably going to work but we will have to wait up to a year or so.
    Our local village was told that signatures were needed from 20 households before they would provide a connection to the farmland outside the village, effectively putting this and the neighbouring village on the same grid. The list was provided 10 years ago and they are still waiting.

    If no-one is prepared to chuck some money behind the project then the Electric Company aren't interested, at least in our area up in the sticks.
    Hmm that's bad news, we only have around 8 neighbours. I guess we will just try and if we still have no electricity after 1,5 years I will have to pay for 400m myself

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    hello,

    can you confirm that FARM price for electricity is cheaper than house price ?
    and if later I build a house, they won't change the price for higher rates ?

    When the poles already reached the land, what do we have to pay to connect the land ? We have to pay for a meter ? And what else ?

    Thank you so much.

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    Wow, 5+ year bump
    and no answers

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    Vote Bruce and you can have all the free electricity you want

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