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National assessment for solar photovoltaic development workshop held

Update: September, 14/2017 - 15:30
The Sao Mai 1 Solar Power Plant is in the southern province of Đồng Tháp. Việt Nam has high potential to develop solar photovoltaic. — Photo
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — Experts shared the methodology and preliminary calculation of the national potential of ground-mounted solar photovoltaic in Việt Nam at a workshop held on Thursday in Hà Nội.

The workshop “National assessment of development potential of grid-connected solar photovoltaic projects in Việt Nam until 2020 with a vision to 2030” attracted 50 representatives from 12 provincial government, investors and other stakeholders.

The workshop has been organised within the framework of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (4E) Project, which is jointly implemented by the Power and Renewable Energy Agency, the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Preliminary results were calculated using geographical information system software, applying different criteria such as solar radiation, land use, road and grid networks.

“The national assessment of development potential of solar energy in Việt Nam is crucial as it will not only enable us to have a better understanding of the potential, but also help us to know where solar project developers are working,” Sonia Lioret, head of GIZ’s 4E project, said.

At the same time, it will facilitate the work for investors and provide inputs for the government to develop the national solar development plan, she said.

During the workshop, experts shared experiences on solar energy planning and the booming solar industry.

According to the government’s targets, solar photovoltaic is expected to be the main renewable energy source with installed capacity to be increased from some 6-7MW by the end of 2015 to 850MW by 2020 – equivalent to 1.6 per cent of the country’s power generation – and 12,000GW by 2030 – equivalent to 3.3 per cent of the country’s power generation.

Since April this year, with the publication of Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc’s Decision 11/2017, solar power projects have been allowed to sell electricity at a fixed price of US$9.35 cents/kWh.

The Ministry of Industry and Trade on September 12 published the circular required to begin implementing the decision. — VNS

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