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WB & EVN install five solar measurement stations

Released at: 11:05, 21/09/2017

WB & EVN install five solar measurement stations

Illustrative image (Photo: EVN)

Measurement stations in Binh Thuan province to more accurately gauge solar resources.

by Linh San

The World Bank and Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) have launched a campaign to promote the deployment of renewable energy in Vietnam, with the installation of five solar measurement stations in south-central Binh Thuan province.

The stations will collect high-quality data on solar radiation and improve the accuracy of estimates on solar resources. To be published and made freely available online, the data is expected to encourage and assist developers interested in building solar power plants.

“The costs of solar power generation are falling around the world,” said Mr. Ousmane Dione, Country Director for the World Bank in Vietnam. “Vietnam is taking an important step in fostering an enabling environment for clean power generation that is quick to build.”

He added that the World Bank Group will continue to support Vietnam in meeting its growing demand for electricity with sustainable renewable options, such as hydropower development, greater energy efficiency in the industrial sector, and higher efficiency in transmission and distribution grids.

The solar measurement campaign follows the recent publication by the World Bank of updated solar maps for Vietnam, which show the average solar resource potential. The data and maps can be accessed via the Global Solar Atlas. These solar maps will be fully validated within two years of the measurement campaign being introduced.

This World Bank support is part of a project, supported by the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP), that also assesses and maps the potential of biomass, small hydropower, and wind energy.

The measurement stations, in Bac Binh district, Binh Thuan province, are part of a comprehensive suite of World Bank support for renewable energy that also includes advisory assistance to large solar power projects seeking to obtain commercial financing.

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