Rector of the University of Economics and Law under the Vietnam National University-Ho Chi Minh City Nguyen Tien Dung said developing clean energy is a necessary trend against the impacts of climate change hitting the Mekong Delta and Ca Mau peninsula in particular.
According to him, with over 400km of coastline and hundreds of thousands of ha of alluvial ground, the provinces of Soc Trang, Bac Lieu, and Ca Mau are well-positioned to effectively develop wind power projects.
Pham Ngoc Minh, Director of the Office of National Programmes on Science and Technology for southwestern development, said the Government, ministries, and agencies have approved master plans on wind and solar power development for the region and each locality, as well as called for investment in renewable energy in localities, which has reaped some initial results.
Experts from the Ho Chi Minh University of Technology said Vietnam has committed to cutting 8 percent of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.
Under the 2014-2016 master plan approved by the Ministry of Industry and Trade, Soc Trang will have three wind power development areas in Tran De and Cu Lao Dung districts and Vinh Chau town, with a total coastal area of 37,340ha, which are able to accommodate 13 wind power plants at a total capacity of around 1,470MW.
Nearly 37,600ha has been earmarked for wind power plants with a total capacity of more than 2,500MW in Bac Lieu. Meanwhile, Ca Mau is home to an area of over 90,000ha and a total capacity upwards of 3,600MW.