|Solar panels being installed at an industrial zone. Thủ Đức Thermal Power Plant developed a large-scale rooftop solar system. — VNS Photo Thu Hương
HCM CITY — Thủ Đức Thermal Power Plant, in co-operation with Bách Khoa Investment and Development of Solar Power Corporation (SolarBK Holdings), has developed a rooftop solar system to supply 53,000 kilowatt hours of renewable energy per year.
It is the first such system the plant has built to reduce carbon emissions.
The 36 kilowatt peak (KWp) system, which includes more than 100 rooftop solar panels, will cut 45 tonnes of carbon emissions each year.
According to Electricity Viet Nam (EVN), the country will eliminate 25 coal-fired power plants by 2030 – equal to 30,000MW of power.
There is great potential to develop rooftop solar energy in the country, with each square metre of solar panels able to produce four to five KWh each day.
HCM City has seen the fastest development of rooftop solar power on houses and office buildings, with 277,000 roofs available for solar systems.
The New Port-Sóng Thần Inland Clearance Deport in Bình Dương was the first industrial zone to install a similar system on over 4,000sq.m of roofs.
The country has extensive resources to develop solar energy with technical potential estimated at 300 Gigawatts (GW). The Government has set the ambitious target of installing 12GW of solar power production by 2030.
One expert said it would cost US$2,800 to install a home system with a capacity of two KWp, which could provide 420KWh of renewable energy each month.
Since Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc’s Decision 11/2017 last April, solar projects have been allowed to sell electricity at a fixed price of US$0.0935/kWh. — VNS