Sharp to construct two mega solar plants in Vietnam

WCN Editorial Team 24 Sep 2018 ASIA ENERGY & UTILITIES

Sharp Energy Solutions (SESJ) of Japan has received an order from Gia Lai Hydropower and TTC-Duc Hue Long An Power to construct two mega solar power plants in Binh Thuan Province and Long An Province in Vietnam, each with a capacity of 49MW-dc for a combined capacity of 98MW-dc.

SESJ is a subsidiary of Sharp Corporation, specialising in energy solutions such as PV systems and the installation of electrical equipment.

Gia Lai Hydropower plays a key role in the TTC Group’s renewable energy business, including photovoltaic, hydropower and wind power.

TTC-Duc Hue Long An Power was established to operate solar power plants in Long An Province, operating under the umbrella of the Thanh Thanh Cong Group (TTC Group), a conglomerate that operates in various sectors, including real estate, energy, agriculture, and education.

Binh Thuan plant is expected to generate 76,920MWh/year and the Long An plant is expected to generate 72,820MWh/year.

Both plants together are expected to generate 149,740MWh/year, equivalent to the amount consumed in a year by 79,353 average Vietnamese households, calculated at 1,887kWh per household.

The output from these facilities is expected to avoid greenhouse gas emissions of 49,863t-CO2 per year.

Construction on the Binh Thuan power plant began in August 2018 and is expected to be completed in April 2019.

Work on the Long An plant will commence in September 2018 and is expected to be completed in May 2019.

Under the 7th Power Development Plan (PDP7), the Government of Vietnam plans to increase the generating capacity of solar power facilities to 850MW by 2020 and to 12,000MW by 2030.

In June 2017, the Vietnamese government introduced a feed-in tariff (FIT) system to encourage the wider use of renewable energy.

Under the FIT system, electric power companies purchase renewable electricity generated from sources such as solar power and wind power for a fixed period of time at a fixed price. Electricity generated at the Binh Thuan and Long An power plants will qualify under this system.


Image: Groundbreaking at the construction site in Long An Province, Vietnam. Photo: Courtesy of Sharp Corporation.

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