|Delegates attend the plant’s ground-breaking ceremony on Saturday. — Photo tienphong.vn|Viet Nam News
TRÀ VINH — The construction of a solar power plant, valued at VNĐ3.55 trillion (more than US$150 million), began in Duyên Hải Township in the Mekong Delta province of Trà Vinh on Saturday.
Financed by Trung Nam Trà Vinh Solar Power JSC, the 171ha plant has designed capacity of 165MWp. It is expected to become operational in the second quarter of 2019 and contribute more than 250 million kWh of electricity to the national grid annually.
The construction of the plant not only helps cut greenhouse gas emissions, but also generates jobs for more than 1,500 workers and contributes to development and social welfare in the region, said Đỗ Văn Kiên, general director of Trung Nam Trà Vinh Solar Power JSC.
In a speech at the plant’s ground-breaking ceremony, vice chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Trần Anh Dũng said the project is part of a renewal energy development plan.
He asked Trung Nam Trà Vinh Solar Power JSC to quickly complete procedures, focus resources on the construction, strictly follow environment standards and not negatively impact on locals’ lives.
Local authorities would create favourable conditions for the investor to ensure the project is implemented on schedule, Dũng said.
According to experts, Việt Nam has extensive resources to develop solar energy with technical potential estimated at 300 Gigawatts (GW). The Government has set ambitious targets to install 12GW of solar power by 2030. — VNS