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Work starts on $44m solar plant in Bình Thuận

Update: September, 24/2018 - 11:00
Delegates attend the Sông Lũy 1 solar power plant ground breaking ceremony on Sunday. — Photo VNA
Viet Nam News

BÌNH THUẬN — The construction of a solar power plant, capitalised at VNĐ1 trillion (nearly US$44 million), kicked off on Sunday in the southern province of Bình Thuận.

Spanning 45ha in Bắc Bình Distict, Sông Lũy 1 solar power plant will install 130,000 solar panels that will enable to produce 80 million kWh annually.

Financed by the province’s Bình Thuận Solar Power Investment Joint Stock Company, the plant is slated for completion in April 2019.

Nguyễn Ngọc Hai, chairman of Bình Thuận People’s Committee, said that the solar power plant – one of the priority projects in the locality – would mark an important milestone in the province’s new energy development scheme.

Once operational, the plant will not only contribute to increasing capacity of the national power grid but also encouraging more investors to develop similar projects in the province, Hai said.

In his speech at the event, Chairman of Bình Thuận solar power investment joint stock company Trần Thế Thành said his company has co-operated closely with world-leading firms in solar power to develop and operate the plant.

Thành said he hoped his company’s project will help utilise Bình Thuận’s potential for solar power development, contribute to the province’s socio-economic development and create more local jobs.

As part of the province’s master plan until 2030, Bình Thuận is calling for investment in solar power plants with a combined capacity of more than 4,000MW.

Bình Thuận is expected to become a clean power centre for the country in the near future.

Earlier on September 19, work on the province’s first solar energy project worth $44 million commenced in its Tuy Phong District.

Covering an area of 50ha, the plant is expected to produce a maximum of 63 million kWh a year for Bình Thuận Province. — VNS

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