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VN seeing a boom in renewable energy projects

Update: February, 18/2018 - 09:00
A wind farm in Quảng Trị Province. - VNA/VNS Photo Duy Khương
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam has seen a boom in renewable energy projects, in a bid to meet the nation’s future demands for power, after the Government scrapped plans to build a nuclear power plant in Ninh Thuận Province.

Experts have noted that this is a golden opportunity for the country, which is confronted by environmental issues, to develop renewable energy, given the huge potential of wind and solar power.

In 2015, the Prime Minister approved a renewable energy development strategy by 2030 with a vision to 2050, which targeted an increase in the ratio of power generated from renewable energy to 32 per cent by 2030 and 43 per cent by 2050.

The national project for power development in 2011-20 also identified developing renewable energy as a breakthrough to ensure the security of the nation’s energy supplies, and reduce the negative impact of generating power on the environment.

This could be regarded as a launching pad to promote investment in developing renewable energy in Việt Nam, according to Võ Tân Thành, deputy chairman of the Việt Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

There were some 50 wind power, and more than 100 solar power projects, along with a number of biomass projects being developed in the country.

Hundreds of solar projects have been registered, as of July 2017, allowing them to seek investors, with a total capacity of up to 17,000 MW, according to an estimate by the Energy Programme’s officer under the US Agency for International Development.

Also, many investors recently announced very large investments in renewable energy projects in Việt Nam.

Thiên Tân Group announced it would invest US$2 billion in building five solar power projects in Ninh Thuận Province by 2020. The group also seeks to develop some 20 large-scale solar power plants in the northern provinces by 2020.

In late January, BIM Group began construction of the BIM 1 solar power project in Ninh Thuận Province, with a planned annual electricity output of 50 million kWh, in cooperation with AC Energy, a subsidiary of Philippines’ Ayala Group.

The group planned to develop the largest clean energy farm in Việt Nam in Ninh Thuận Province, with a total capacity of 300 MW, by the first quarter of 2019, with a target of producing 1,000 MW of clean energy by 2025.

Besides Ninh Thuận, investors were also keen on developing solar power projects in other provinces, with a potential for generating solar power in Phú Yên, Bình Phước and Khánh Hòa.

Recently, Asia infornet INC, a member of Japan’s AIN Group, began working with Bình Phước Province on the feasibility of developing a solar power project in Becamex Industrial – Urban Zone.

The Phú Yên People’s Committee said that it allowed 17 investors to carry out field surveys and study the possible development of solar power projects, with a total capacity of 1,310 MW, in the province.

Besides solar power, wind energy projects are also being developed, such as a 98 MW wind power plant by Super Wind Energy Công Lý Sóc Trăng in Sóc Trăng Province, the 373 million kWh Bạc Liêu wind power plant phase three, and phase two of the Đầm Nại wind power project in Ninh Thuận Province. — VNS



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