With its huge advantages in renewable energy, the Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta is expected to supply electricity to south-eastern provinces in future. nld.com.vn
HCM CITY – The Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta is expected to become an energy export hub in 2021-30 under a plan drawn up by the Ministry of Planning and Investment.
The region receives an average of 2,200-2,500 hours of sunshine per year, with average solar radiation energy of 4.3 - 4.9kWh per metre square per day. Thus, every square metre of solar panels can generate 5kWh of electricity daily.
It gets strong enough sunlight to be collected by solar panels 90 per cent of the year.
It is expected to provide clean energy for the whole country in the not-distant future.
In addition, the area has a coastline of 700km, which can help generate wind energy of 1,200 - 1,500 MW.
Bạc Liêu is the leading province in wind power, and has two plants connected to the grid.
Wind and solar plants already almost fully covered its 56km coastline. Another nine wind power plants are being built and are expected to be completed by the end of next year.
The province is soliciting investment in 40 other wind power projects.
Sóc Trăng Province has 20 wind power plants in the pipeline. Eight of them are expected to go on stream in October next year, and the rest in 2022 and 2023.
Trà Vinh Province has called for investment in wind and solar power plants.
Lê Anh Tuấn, deputy director of the Research Institute for Climate Change at Cần Thơ University, told Người Lao Động (Labour) newspaper that the power sector was focusing on renewable energy and would not build more coal-fired plants.
The delta would supply power to south-eastern provinces in future, he added. VNS