Vietnam’s first solar power station breaks ground

(VOV) - A ground breaking ceremony was held August 29 for a US$37 million solar power generating station in the central province of Quang Ngai that officials say will play an important role in meeting the nation’s power needs in the future.

“The nation is looking to tap the power of the sun to accommodate the expected spike in demand for electricity over the coming decades,” said Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai at the event.

The 19.2-megawatt project to be located in the Mo Duc district will capture solar energy with panels spread across almost 24 square hectares, according to a provincial representative.

Though far from the first solar panels to be installed in Vietnam, this will be the first time solar energy will be harnessed on a mass scale.

Work on the project is expected to be completed in mid-2016.