DA NANG (VNS)— Central Quang Ngai Province's Industry and Trade Department plans to supply stable power to the 500 residents of An Binh Islet, 30km off the coast of the province, in the next three years.
Inhabitants of the small islet currently rely on a small solar power energy system that offers only enough power for a few hours of light or TV.
"We propose to produce power from diesel-driven generators and bigger solar panels by 2015. The current solar power system supplies only 80w to each household for a few hours," said Truong Quang Dung, the department's deputy director.
This is only a temporary solution, however; the Government plans to build a grid to provide constant electricity to everyone in the district.
Tran Ngoc Nguyen, chairman of the district's people's committee, said 22,000 inlanders live in the district, which includes three communes (An Vinh, An Hai and An Binh). Currently electricity from diesel generators is supplied for only five hours each day and 15 days each month.
A 2009 thermo-power project was abandoned, as it would have heavily polluted the environment.
The island aims to become a tourism centre by 2020. — VNS