Experts warn of scorching-hot growth of solar power in Vietnam


The total capacity of solar power projects registered by investors has become nearly 10 times higher than the targeted level.

The solar power market began exploding in November 2017, when the Prime Minister signed Decision 11, setting the highest ever FIT (feed in tariff) of 9.35 cent per kwh, or VND2,086 for solar power. The electricity purchase price is applied for 20 years to power projects that became operational prior to June 31, 2019.

Experts warn of scorching-hot growth of solar power in Vietnam

The decision triggered a wave of hundreds of businesses pouring hundreds of trillions of dong into solar power projects. Tiếp tục đọc “Experts warn of scorching-hot growth of solar power in Vietnam”

Lỗ hổng an ninh năng lượng – 5 bài

Trong 3 năm trở lại đây, đầu tư cho ngành năng lượng, gồm điện – than – dầu khí, suy giảm đã tạo ra khoảng trống, gây áp lực lớn lên an ninh năng lượng của nước ta. Với một nền kinh tế có tốc độ tăng trưởng cao, liên tục, để thoát “bẫy thu nhập trung bình”, thì an ninh năng lượng phải là trụ cột trong chính sách phát triển, chứ không thể là “gót chân Asin” của nền kinh tế.

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Vietnam’s Rooftop Solar Sector: Tools, Templates, and Lessons Learned for Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers

Webinar #2 Key Takeaways and Summary

On May 14, the Renewable Energy Buyers Vietnam Working Group hosted its second webinar in a series of four occurring throughout May 2020.

Co-organized by the Clean Energy Investment Accelerator (CEIA) and the USAID Vietnam Low Emission Energy Program (V-LEEP), the Working Group brings together corporate energy users, renewable energy project developers, investors, government representatives and supporting stakeholders seeking to increase corporate clean energy use and investment in Vietnam. Tiếp tục đọc “Vietnam’s Rooftop Solar Sector: Tools, Templates, and Lessons Learned for Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers”

Key Questions When Considering On-Site Solar PV: An Introductory Guide for Commercial & Industrial Facilities in Vietnam

Clean Energy Investment Accelerator Vietnam 

If you decide that on-site PV is of interest to you, based on this checklist, the next step would be to perform a more detailed technical and engineering feasibility assessment. Checklist to Determine if Your Factory Should Explore Solar PV Key questions to ask about your facility are listed below. More detail for each can be found in the sections that follow.

✓ Does your factory own the building or have a long-term lease (20+ years)?

✓ Do you have space available on your roof for solar panels and/or sufficient land for a ground-mounted system?

✓ Is the roof structurally sound and will it be in place for the duration of the economic life of the solar PV system (typically, 20-25 years?)

✓ Are there any trees, walls, buildings or other structures that shade the area where the solar panels would be located?

✓ Does the factory’s operational schedule and electricity consumption align with solar production?

✓ Does your company allow the use of operational budgets to lease equipment? Or does your company’s budget allow for equipment to be purchased with capital budgets?

✓ If your company is interested in a solar lease, would it be able to sign at least a 10-year contract?

✓ Would your solar PV system qualify for incentives, such as net metering and tax breaks? If you answer YES to all these questions, your factory is well positioned to consider solar. If you answered NO to some of these questions, there may still be other options for renewable energy procurement. The following sections provide a deeper look at these considerations and offer a more detailed explanation of the primary and current financing options for on-site solar PV electricity in Vietnam.


Full guideline

New draft document on solar power projects to be filed

Update: December, 12/2019 – 08:55

Rooftop solar panels are installed in Ninh Thuận Province. — Photo

HÀ NỘI — A draft document on solar power development will be filed to the Prime Minister for approval on December 15, local media reported.

Under the draft, bidding price for the output of solar power production, also known as the feed in tariff (FiT), is set at VNĐ1,916 (8.38 US cents) per kWh for rooftop projects, VNĐ1,620 (7.09 cents) per kWh for ground projects and VNĐ1,758 (7.69 cents) per kWh for floating projects. Tiếp tục đọc “New draft document on solar power projects to be filed”

Analysis: Floating solar power along the dammed-up Mekong River 

Analysis by  on 3 December 2019

  • This year, the first floating solar power generating system in Southeast Asia was deployed on a reservoir in Vietnam.
  • Floating solar power systems are being written into the energy master plans of Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines as well as Vietnam, and into the calculations of investment banks.
  • The technology presents an alternative to additional hydroelectric power projects.

For two decades or more, alarms have been sounding for the Mekong Delta. It’s being hammered by climate change, by a proliferation of upstream dams, by unsustainable and inappropriate farming practices, by greed and political expediency. The punishment the delta’s taking has been well reported, first in scholarly papers, then in specialized publications and appeals by NGOs.

Now there’s a consensus: an environmental disaster is inexorably unfolding over 75,000 square kilometers (29,000 square miles) of famously fertile lowlands in Vietnam and Cambodia, home to some 35 million farmers and fishermen. Major media are publishing melancholy obituaries for the Mekong that once was.
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China reportedly ready to end large scale PV subsidies this year

Reuters has reported the Chinese Ministry of Finance has confirmed no subsidies will be made available for large scale solar projects next year.

A report published on the news wire yesterday claimed ministry officials had said the RMB3 billion ($427 million) subsidy pile set aside for solar this year will be cut to RMB2.63 billion next year, and will only be available to small scale and poverty alleviation projects.

If accurate, that would mark a significant step back from the 18-month transition period envisaged for the switch to grid parity solar in the consultation draft of the Work plan for the construction of subsidized (grid parity) projects for wind and solar PV document which emerged from talks between renewables industry insiders and government officials in Beijing in April. Tiếp tục đọc “China reportedly ready to end large scale PV subsidies this year”

Chủ đầu tư dự án điện mặt trời đi đâu, về đâu?

Chỉ có 2 dự án điện mặt trời đủ điều kiện vận hành thương mại từ sau ngày 30/6/2019 tới nay, giảm mạnh so với khoảng 80 dự án vận hành ồ ạt trong 3 tháng trước đó.
 Việc mua thiết bị cho dự án điện mặt trời khó khăn vì tiền đâu mà trả khi đa phần các chủ đầu tư chỉ có khoảng 30% vốn chủ sở hữu..

Chủ đầu tư “ngồi trên lửa”

Phát biểu tại Tuần lễ Lưới điện thông minh đang diễn ra tại Hà Nội, đại diện Trung tâm Điều độ Hệ thống điện Quốc gia (A0) cho biết, từ sau ngày 30/6/2019 tới nay, chỉ có 2 dự án điện mặt trời hoàn tất điều kiện vận hành thương mại (COD) là Nhà máy Hacom Solar (40,3 MW) và Solar Park 01 (40 MW).

So với hơn 4.000 MW điện mặt trời được đưa vào hệ thống từ tháng 4 đến hết tháng 6/2019, đã có sự chững lại trong việc triển khai các dự án điện mặt trời. Theo nhiều nhà đầu tư, lý do là chưa có giá mua điện mặt trời mới cho thời điểm sau ngày 1/7/2019. Tiếp tục đọc “Chủ đầu tư dự án điện mặt trời đi đâu, về đâu?”

Vietnam’s PM decides to do away with solar FiTs in favor of auctions

Get ready for auctions! After months of confusion and uncertainty over the policy for solar power development in Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc today issued his conclusions and looks to have signed the death knell for solar feed in tariffs (FiT) in favor of competitive auctions.

In Notification No. 402/TB-VPCP dated 22 November 2019, the Prime Minster concluded that rational future development of the sector necessitates introducing an auction system for ground-mounted solar projects. FiTs will continue to apply only for rooftop solar projects and certain already-approved ground-mounted projects. Tiếp tục đọc “Vietnam’s PM decides to do away with solar FiTs in favor of auctions”

Experts say auctions could help reduce solar power prices by 30-40%

When the purchase prices of solar power are set through auction, prices are expected to fall by 30%-40% from the current levels, said experts at a seminar yesterday.

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Experts say auctions could help reduce solar power prices by 30-40%
Technicians inspect solar panels at the Da Mi hydroelectric power station in the south-central province of Binh Thuan. Solar power prices are expected to fall 30%-40% when they are set via auction – PHOTO: EVN

Renewable energy projects in Ninh Thuận face overloaded electricity grid

Update: November, 21/2019 – 08:37 VNS

A rooftop solar power system in Ninh Thuận Province. — VNS Photo Công Thử

HCM CITY — The central province of Ninh Thuận has seen a boom in renewable energy projects, especially solar power, but power transmission lines in the province have failed to handle the capacity, experts have said.

A number of solar and wind projects in the province have been developed after preferential incentives on prices for renewable power were issued, according to the Ministry of Industry and Trade. Many renewable energy projects, however, cannot operate at full capacity. Tiếp tục đọc “Renewable energy projects in Ninh Thuận face overloaded electricity grid”


This report was researched and prepared by the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) at the National University of Singapore (NUS), under contract from the World Bank, with inputs and editing from staff and consultants at the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC)

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Việt Nam’s energy transition faces challenges

VNN – Update: September, 20/2019 – 09:09
Solar power panels installed in the south-central province of Bình Thuận. The province now has about 95 solar power investors. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyễn Thanh

Việt Nam News talks to Vietnamese and Danish lawmakers and experts about barriers that Việt Nam has faced in energy transition to reach sustainable development goals, experience from Denmark and the two countries’ partnership in the field.

Lê Hồng Tịnh, vice chairman of National Assembly’s Committee of Science, Technology and Environment

Việt Nam has followed the global trend of developing renewable energy. Located in the equatorial zone, Việt Nam has a natural advantage in solar power. In the context that hydropower potentials are running out and imported coal pollutes the environment, it is a priority of Việt Nam to implement wind and solar power policies.

However, if solar power develops at a too rapid speed, it will cause an imbalance in the power system. A cloud blocking the sun can interrupt the system.

European countries have their power system connected to a general European network. When the grid of one country is interrupted, they buy electricity from the general regional power system. Unlike Việt Nam, the power system is not connected to any regional network. Therefore in case of interrupted transmission, it is difficult to find alternative sources of energy.

Việt Nam has revised the Law on Electricity, Law on Economical and Efficient Use of Energy and related laws to attract and encourage the public to engage in using renewable energy.

The Vietnam Electricity has offered assistance of VNĐ1 million (US$43) for each household installing solar-powered water heaters. Now we have to adopt policies in which families can sell extra solar power on their roofs to integrate into the national grid.

We need also an electricity tax policy. The National Assembly has conducted studies to work with the Ministry of Industry and Trade to make amendments and supplements to related laws.

Professor Trần Đình Long, full member of International Academy of Electrotechnical Sciences, vice president of Việt Nam Electrical Engineering Association

Việt Nam has not mapped out an appropriate plan for national electricity structure in the long term. Việt Nam used to target a low proportion of renewable energy in the plan. After that, following the global trend, the proportion of renewable energy has been adjusted to increase.

The percentage of renewable energy accounted for in the national electricity structure needs comprehensive planning on power sources and grids.

Experience from around the world including European countries, China and India shows renewable energy policies start from feed-in tariff and preferential treatment for clean energy. Việt Nam needs to conduct insightful research to adopt a general appropriate feed-in tariff policy. This must answer questions of how electricity prices are supported, through loans or preferential import-export policies.

Dr Vũ Minh Pháp, Institute of Energy Science, Việt Nam Academy of Science and Technology

The barrier of Việt Nam is weakness in technology quality inspection. Technologies of solar and wind power from global manufacturers have entered Việt Nam at a rapid speed. However, there is no Vietnamese unit in charge of inspecting these devices to check whether the technologies are well suited to the Vietnamese environment. Another barrier is that there has been no study in Việt Nam that finds proper answers to the question of how to treat waste after solar and wind power projects reach their end of life.

Steen Gade, former member of Danish Parliament, former chairman of the Climate, Energy and Building Committee

I think Việt Nam needs to combine energy politics with climate issues. Việt Nam needs to combine economic growth with a very strong environmental and climate agenda.

Denmark has experience in involving people. It has been the centre in Denmark when we need high prices of energy, we discuss in public, in media, in organisations, among ordinary people to find out the best solution.

In Denmark, local farmers in rural areas made co-operatives where they own wind mills and they can sell wind power to the grid. That means it was an economic benefit for farmers, at the same time, it started the process of renewable energy. We combine economy and environment and we focus on renewable energy. We have developed action between people, topic discussions, media, education and politics.

Aton Beck, director of global co-operation, Danish Energy Agency

We have very good co-operation with the Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade and the electricity of renewable energy authority on how to ensure more renewable energy in Việt Nam’s system. On November 4th, we will launch a new Việt Nam’s energy outlook that will look into different kinds of scenarios for the long-term transition in Việt Nam. There is definitely a huge potential for wind, solar energy and biomass in Việt Nam.

Next year, Denmark will have more than 50 per cent of our electricity consumption based on wind. We can integrate it into our system. In 2028, we will have 100 per cent of electricity consumption based on wind.

Denmark has some good experience and we would like to share with Việt Nam.

Việt Nam has very successful economic growth but it also creates challenges in the energy sector including higher energy demand, higher dependence on coal, higher emissions of greenhouse gases and higher dependence on importing energy with dramatic increase in energy import.

We have good co-operation with the Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade to ensure that Việt Nam has the right framework for having international developers coming to Việt Nam to invest. That is really important that you have transparent and simple framework conditions for renewable energy developers. — VNS

Năng lượng tái tạo có thể giúp đạt mục tiêu toàn cầu về khí hậu và năng lượng đồng thời giữ được các dòng sông chảy tự nhiên

© Santiago Gibert/WWF – Posted on 13 May 2019

Hà Nội, ngày 13 tháng 5 năm 2019 – Trong bối cảnh hàng ngàn đập thuỷ điện đang được quy hoạch trên toàn cầu, trong đó có cả khu vực Tiểu vùng sông Mekong Mở rộng, một báo cáo mới đây của WWF và Uỷ ban Bảo vệ Thiên nhiên khẳng định năng lượng tái tạo có thể giải quyết thách thức toàn cầu về năng lượng và khí hậu mà không cần phải hy sinh những dòng sông chảy tự do cũng như những lợi ích đa dạng mà chúng mang lại cho con người và thiên nhiên. Tiếp tục đọc “Năng lượng tái tạo có thể giúp đạt mục tiêu toàn cầu về khí hậu và năng lượng đồng thời giữ được các dòng sông chảy tự nhiên”

Điện không thiếu, chỉ thiếu phối hợp

Thời báo Kinh tế Sài Gòn – Thứ Bảy,  27/7/2019, 11:26

(TBKTSG) – Người dân bình thường đọc hai mẩu tin về điện được các báo đăng vào tuần trước ắt sẽ chẳng hiểu chuyện gì đang xảy ra: một tin cho biết Bộ Công Thương đang tính toán tăng nhập khẩu điện từ Lào và Trung Quốc do lo ngại những năm sắp tới sẽ thiếu điện (Tuổi Trẻ); một tin cho hay đang xảy ra tình trạng dư thừa điện mặt trời, nhất là ở Ninh Thuận và Bình Thuận, đến nỗi nhiều dự án bị ép phải cắt giảm công suất (Thanh Niên).

Dự án điện gió kết hợp điện mặt trời của Công ty Trung Nam ở Ninh Thuận. Ảnh công ty cung cấp

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