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Germany's PDP holding solar power reference trip

Released at: 11:32, 29/05/2019

Germany's PDP holding solar power reference trip

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Rooftop solar reference trip offering business opportunities between Vietnamese industrial companies and German investors.

by Minh Do

Management representatives from more than 20 commercial and industrial companies are participating in a rooftop solar reference trip from May 27 to 29 in Ho Chi Minh City.

The event provides decision makers at these companies with a comprehensive overview in developing a rooftop solar project, determining a suitable investment model for their facilities, and directly networking with German solar companies actively investing in Southeast Asia. GIZ’s Project Development Programme (PDP), within the framework of the German Energy Solutions Initiative of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), is organizing the event.

The three-day compact agenda includes a site visit to a new 850 kWp rooftop solar project in the Mekong Delta’s Long An province, which was built by a German solar contractor, and a tour to a solar training center for practical tips on installation, operation, maintenance, and safety issues, etc., provided by the project owner.

An investment consulting workshop on May 28 provided participants with updated information on market development and the legal framework, gave insights on different business models for rooftop solar projects, and held meetings between German investors and services providers implementing projects in Vietnam with sustainable and quality offers. On May 29, the PDP will offer free support to those suppliers who want to receive an initial assessment on applying rooftop solar at their facilities in the southern region as well as facilitate business meetings with solar companies.

Solar energy harvesting from rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) application has been capturing attention in recent years in Southeast Asia countries because of favorable irradiance, falling cost, its significant contribution to the realization of sustainable development targets, and the long-term energy saving opportunity. These emerging renewable energy markets, therefore, are attracting high interest and offering business opportunities to international solution providers and financiers. However, limited knowledge on rooftop solar PV and a lack of reliable information often hinder enterprises in pushing forward with project implementation. This rooftop solar reference trip aims to bridge this gap.

The PDP, implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), has been providing technical support for many industrial enterprises in Vietnam to assess investment feasibility when applying rooftop solar PV and business partnerships with reliable German solar companies.

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