Construction of Vietnam’s first solar power plant began Saturday in the central province of Quang Ngai.
The 19.2-megawatt plant will start generating power in July next year, bringing 28 million kWh a year to the national grid. It costs more than VND826 billion (US$36.12 million).
Vietnamese investor Thien Tan Group reportedly plans another two solar plants in the central province of Ninh Thuan.
In Vietnam, which records around 2,000-2,500 hours of sunlight annually, the solar energy potential is estimated at 43.9 million metric tons of oil equivalent a year.
As the energy demand increases by 15 percent every year, the government has been trying to boost the production of renewable energy from sources like sunlight, wind and geothermal heat.
Renewable energy is expected to account for 5 percent of total power output in Vietnam this year, and 8 percent in 2020, news website VnExpress reported.