Last October, a 35MW solar power factory was inaugurated in Thua Thien-Hue. Invested with nearly VND1 trillion (US$42.8 million), the plant of the Gia Lai Electricity JSC – a subsidiary of Thanh Thanh Cong Group – covers 45ha in My Hoa hamlet of Dien Loc commune, Phong Dien district.
Thanh Thanh Cong Group said the plant’s electricity output approximates the yearly consumption of some 32,630 households in Vietnam, and it is hoped to reduce some 20,503 tonnes in CO2 emissions each year.
Apart from this project, the province has installed solar power systems with capacity of 1.5kWh each on two fishing boats in Phu Vang district, helping these vehicles save 20 litres of oil each day.
It has built an electricity generating system using solar energy with a capacity of 8,200 Watt peak (Wp) on Son Cha Island, and another with 4,000Wp in capacity at the Hong Thai border guard check post in A Luoi district.
Solar lamps replacing high pressure sodium ones have also been installed at some intersections and on Ton Duc Thang street in Hue city. Each of them is able to save 438kWh of electricity each year.
Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Phan Ngoc Tho said the development of renewable power factories aims to boost a green industry. In the long run, these projects will help ensure national energy security and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
According to the Vietnam Meteorological and Hydrological Administration, Thua Thien-Hue holds huge potential for developing solar energy as it has up to 1893 sun hours per year and a solar irradiance of 4.33kWh per sq.m each day. It is also home to an over 120km-long coastline and many desert areas with flat terrain, which are also favourable for building solar power plants.
Tho said the province will continue developing such factories to capitalise on these natural advantages.