Mai Van Trung, business development director of SolarBK Solar rooftop projects are on the rise in Vietnam, attracting both domestic and foreign companies in order to participate in the value chain. What are the main criteria that investors, especially small- and medium-sized ones, use to select engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) or installation partners? Engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) is the most critical part enabling the successful deployment of solar rooftop systems. The contractor typically provides from site survey to operation and maintenance (O&M) service during the lifespan of the project supposed to be 25 years. Solar rooftop investment is considered significant capital expenditure so the finance option supported by banks involved with EPC contractor will be a plus. Such proposal is called EPC plus financing. The engaged banks accept the solar rooftop system as collateral for the loan instead. The technical feasibility study submitted … [Read more...] about The right installation partner for your solar rooftop systems
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Viet Nam News GIA LAI — Krông Pa District in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai is considered a good area for solar power projects as the temperatures can rise to 40oC. Solar power plant workers are now putting the finishing touches on a number of solar power plants that will connect to the national power grid this month. The 49MW plant with 209,100 solar panels is built on an area of 70.2ha at a cost of VNĐ1.4 trillion (US$60 million). Begun in March 2017, the project is expected to produce 103kWh and earn VNĐ200 billion ($ 8.5 million) per year after being put into operation. Tô Văn Chánh, chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, was quoted by local newspapers as saying that the project would play an important role in socio-economic development and solve the employment problem in the district. The 1,624sq.km area of Krông Pa District has the highest number of sunlight hours in Gia Lai Province, with 1,700 hours per … [Read more...] about Krông Pa: hotspot for new solar energy projects
Installing huge numbers of solar panels and wind turbines in the Sahara desert would have a major impact on rainfall, vegetation and temperatures, researchers say. Wind turbines in Morocco on the edge of the desert -- Photo: ABDELHAK SENNA They found that the actions of wind turbines would double the amount of rain that would fall in the region. Solar panels have a similar impact although they act in a different way. The authors say their work reinforces the view that large-scale renewables could transform the Sahara region. The scientists modelled what would happen if 9 million sq km of the Sahara desert was covered in renewable energy sources. They focussed on this area because it is sparsely populated, and it is also exposed to significant amounts of sun and wind and is close to large energy markets in Europe and the Middle East. According to authors' calculations, a massive installation in the desert would generate more than four times the amount of energy that the … [Read more...] about Large-scale wind and solar power ‘could green the Sahara’
Viet Nam News by Bích Hường In a business-as-usual scenario, the world’s oceans could contain one tonne of plastic for every three tonnes of fish by 2025, and by 2050, more plastic than fish [by weight]. The numbers in a report launched at the World Economic Forum 2016 crossed my mind again when I saw images of trash abandoned at beaches and other tourist attractions that went viral on internet after recent public holidays on April 30 and May 1. More similar images are likely to come as Vietnamese enter the peak time of holiday season – summer. When students have a long break, people flock to beaches and tourist destinations. It’s a given that people are disappointed to spend their holidays in places that are filled or surrounded by ice cream sticks, wrappers, cans, water bottles and food waste. The trash not only damages the sight of the tourist areas, but also poses a high risk of environmental pollution to the locality if it is not treated … [Read more...] about Who wants a vacation to a trash filled beach?
Sitting on his porch in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, Otis Tucker cuts a lone figure on a street punctuated with large empty spaces - the shadows of homes lost to Hurricane Katrina. Tucker lives in the part of the Louisiana city most devastated by the powerful storm and its aftermath in 2005, when levees designed to protect the city from flooding failed. Many residents of the poor neighbourhood have struggled to return after fleeing Katrina. Lack of funds to come home and rebuild, coupled with developers swiftly moving in, and gentrification of this predominantly black, lower-income area, have left scars. Today, broken windows and overgrown weeds pepper abandoned homes, and the angry barking of a dog interrupts the silence. “There were families here, there were kids in the street playing football, and there were neighbours,” said Tucker, who was born and bred in the neighbourhood. “And that went away overnight. It just got washed away.” Since being … [Read more...] about ‘The water’s not going anywhere’