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13 solar projects in Ninh Thuan to connect to grid

Released at: 08:10, 05/05/2019

13 solar projects in Ninh Thuan to connect to grid

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Projects to begin operations in June.

by Minh Do

South-central Ninh Thuan province will put 13 solar energy projects with a total capacity of 700MW into operation in June.

It also put four new solar energy projects with 534MW and one wind energy project with a capacity of 39MW into operation in late April.

Two large-scale solar energy complexes have officially been connected to the national power grid. The first, with investment of VND7 trillion ($304 million) from the BIM Group, includes three plants with a capacity of 330MW, making it the largest complex in Southeast Asia.

Equipped with 1 million solar panels, the complex is estimated to produce roughly 600 million kWh per year, meeting the power demand of 200,000 local people.

The second complex, with a total capacity of 360MW, has investment of VND10 trillion ($430.2 million) from the Trung Nam Group. The first phase covers 268 ha with a capacity of 243MW of solar power and 39MW of wind power, while the second phase will have 28 wind turbines with a capacity of 112MW.

As of March, there were 121 solar power projects with a total capacity of 6,100MW added to the national power master plan by 2020, up from the 850MW approved earlier by the Prime Minister. Targeted capacity by 2030 is 7,960MW. There are also 221 projects with a capacity of 14,330MW awaiting approval, according to the Ministry of Industry and Trade.

The government approved Decision No. 11 in 2017, containing mechanisms to encourage the development of solar power, which saw the number of projects approved or awaiting approval increase rapidly. Many approved projects, however, have yet to be implemented.

A number of solar power plants are now rushing to complete construction prior to June 30. According to the Prime Minister’s Decision, only solar power projects connected the national power grid before June 30 will be allowed to purchase electricity at a preferential price of $0.93 per kWh for a period of 20 years.

The Srepok 1 and Quang Minh complexes in the central highlands’ Dak Lak province and the Mo Duc complex in central Quang Ngai province began operations in the first quarter. Others began construction.

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