Last October, a 35MW solar power factory was
inaugurated in Thua Thien-Hue. Invested with nearly 1 trillion VND (42.8
million USD), the plant of the Gia Lai Electricity JSC â€“ a subsidiary of Thanh
Thanh Cong Group â€“ covers 45ha in My Hoa hamlet of Dien Loc commune, Phong Dien
Thanh Thanh Cong Group said the plantâ€™s
electricity output approximates the yearly consumption of some 32,630
households in Vietnam, and it is hoped to reduce some 20,503 tonnes in CO2
emissions each year.
Apart from this project, the province has
installed solar power systems with capacity of 1.5kWh each on two fishing boats
in Phu Vang district, helping these vehicles save 20 litres of oil each day.
It has built an electricity generating system
using solar energy with a capacity of 8,200 Watt peak (Wp) on Son Cha Island,
and another with 4,000Wp in capacity at the Hong Thai border guard check post
in A Luoi district.
Solar lamps replacing high pressure sodium ones
have also been installed at some intersections and on Ton Duc Thang street in
Hue city. Each of them is able to save 438kWh of electricity each year.
Chairman of the provincial Peopleâ€™s Committee
Phan Ngoc Tho said the development of renewable power factories aims to boost a
green industry. In the long run, these projects will help ensure national
energy security and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
According to the Vietnam Meteorological and
Hydrological Administration, Thua Thien-Hue holds huge potential for developing
solar energy as it has up to 1893 sun hours per year and a solar irradiance of
4.33kWh per sq.m each day. It is also home to an over 120km-long coastline and
many desert areas with flat terrain, which are also favourable for building solar
Tho said the province will continue developing
such factories to capitalise on these natural advantages.â€“VNAÂ