|A farmer tests a solar-powered watering system for a sugarcane farm in Sơn Hòa District in Phú Yên Province. The solar power system supplies 10Kwh each day. VNS Photo Ngân Nguyễn |Viet Nam News
PHÚ YÊN — The central province of Phu Yen is piloting a solar-powered watering system for sugarcane farms in Sơn Hòa District.
The province said the solar power system, built with total investment of VNĐ140 million (US$6,200), will supply 10 kilowatts per hour (Kwh) for a 10ha sugar cane farm each day.
It’s the first off-grid solar power system that has been developed on a farm in central Việt Nam, where the national power grid connection is limited.
The province said the system would help farmers in remote areas water their crops in case of a power grid blackout.
According to the project developer, the HCM City-based SolarBK company, the system uses a control application on a smart phone for remote operation.
Sơn Hòa is one of three key districts farming sugarcane on 12,000ha out of a provincial total 26,000ha of sugarcane farms.
Sixteen investors have been seeking investment in solar power, wind power and gas-driven power projects in the province.
Last month, the province officially launched the first stage of the 30MW (Megawatts) biomass power plant.
Phú Yên province also operates a solar-powered public lighting system and automatic watering at a 6ha public park in Tuy Hòa City. — VNS