Solar power development has yet to meet potential In Vietnam, the development of solar power including solar power systems on the roof of houses is considered to have a lot of potential. Specifically, the annual radiation measured in the Southern region and South Central provinces is approximately 1,600 kWh/m2. According to a report on the technical assessment of the potential of rooftop solar energy in Vietnam released by the World Bank in 2017, the potential of solar energy in Ho Chi Minh City is about 6,300 MW. Meanwhile, Hanoi has average monthly sunshine hours of about 1,466.1 hours per year, which is listed in the areas of average solar radiation of 3.3 to 4.1 kWh/m2 per day. According to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, the generation of every 1 kWh of solar energy will help to reduce CO2 emissions by 0.6612 kg. If solar energy is promoted, it would be a clean energy resource with rather high output, while helping to minimise the budget invested in electricity … [Read more...] about Promoting rooftop solar energy in Vietnam
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Viet Nam News HCM CITY — Lục Văn Tân, a HCM City resident, is considering installing solar power panels on his 35sq.m rooftop to save on electricity bills. But the initial investment for the panels has made Tân think twice. It costs between VNĐ25 million (US$1,070) and VNĐ30 million ($1,280) for each 10sq.m panel. That means Tân would have to spend about VNĐ90 million ($3,840). In spite of the long-term profits solar power brings, many families hesitate to install the panels due to the cost. It is estimated that it takes just five years to recoup the investment but not all families can afford the initial outlay. Trần Đình Nhân, general director of Vietnam Electricity (EVN), said: “There are no loans available to support people willing to use solar powers, which prevent households from accessing the renewable energy source.” Two years after home solar systems were launched, only 1,800 customers … [Read more...] about High cost casts a shadow on solar power
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
As the June 2019 deadline nears for solar power project investors to benefit from an attractive feed-in-tariff (FIT) of 9.35 U.S. cents per kWh, there is considerable discussion and speculation about subsequent pricing schemes. For now, the official response is that several options are being considered. “How the feed-in-tariffs are decided after June 2019 will depend on what technology prices will be in a specific period of time,” said Le Minh Duc, director of the Center for Electricity Market Development & Workforce Training, under the Electricity Regulatory Authority of Vietnam (ERAV). Duc’s statement is contained in a report prepared by the Vietnam Business Forum (VBF), a consortium of private business associations in Vietnam. FITs are payments made for supplying renewable energy to the national grid in order to encourage independent power production. Under the Prime Minister’s Decision No.11/2017/QD-TTg, a solar power tariff of 9.35 cents, excluding VAT, … [Read more...] about Tech status to decide future solar power pricing: officials
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?