VOV.VN - Vietnam’s central highlands region, which has up to 2,600 hours of sunlight per year, is gearing up for solar energy projects.
Thua Thien-Hue has pushed investors to consider six solar power projects, a sector for which the central province is offering special investment incentives with a view to boosting green growth.
The Electricity of Vietnam Group Ho Chi Minh City (EVN HCMC) produced 18.84 million kWh of electricity in the first nine months of 2018, a rise of 6.19% year-on-year.
As thermal power accounts for the largest proportion of Vietnam’s energy production, the country is facing challenges to ensure sufficient supply of coal for thermal power plants in the coming years.
The Phong Dien solar power plant, with a capacity of 35 MW, was put into operation in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue on October 5.
The southern province of Tay Ninh lured nearly VND20 trillion (US$858 million) from eight investors to implement 10 solar power projects with a combined capacity of 808 MW by the end of September.
Krong Pa district in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai is well-positioned to develop solar power thanks to its year-round sunny weather.
As of June 10, 2018, 100 solar power projects had been added to provincial and national power development plans, a move to realise the Prime Minister's Decision 11/2017/QD-TTg on mechanisms encouraging solar power projects in Vietnam.
Solar power systems on the roof of houses in Vietnam can help households reduce 50 percent of their bills for monthly power consumption, contributing to protecting the environment, affirmed experts at a conference in Hanoi on August 22 to review one year of implementing documents on developing solar power in Vietnam.
Da Nang city has been given the title of National Green City 2017-18 by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)’s One Planet City Challenge programme, making it onto a list of 21 cities from around the world.
The southwestern province of Tay Ninh has granted investment licenses to five solar power projects worth over VND14.3 trillion (US$629.9 million) in Duong Minh Chau and Tan Chau districts.
The People’s Committee of Ninh Thuan province has granted investment licences to nine solar power projects worth over VND12 trillion (US$527.4 million).
Life in An Binh Island, also known as Be Island, in Ly Son island district, the central province of Quang Ngai has changed since solar power was introduced.
Low-cost models and sustainable energy solutions applied for the community in rural and mountainous areas were introduced at a recent seminar in Hanoi, which was jointly held by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), Live & Learn and the French Cultural Centre (L’Espace) in Hanoi.
A lot of investors operating in the fields of wind power, solar power and agriculture have recently come to the Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang to seek investment opportunities.
Dak Lak authorities have allowed 18 investors to conduct survey and build solar power projects in the Central Highland province after considering their financial capacity and experience.
Vietnamese localities are taking measures to attract more investment in renewable energy, especially solar power.
The south central province of Phu Yen has asked the Ministry of Industry and Trade to approve adding three solar power projects to the Provincial Power Development Planning in 2011-2015 period, with a vision to 2020, a local senior official has said.
The Mekong Delta city of Can Tho is keen on exploiting its renewable energy potential and will provide investors with tax and credit incentives, especially for solar power projects.
The central province of Phu Yen has launched the first public solar power project in the provincial capital city of Tuy Hoa after six months of construction.