Largest solar plant in Southeast Asia begins operating in Vietnam

By Dat Nguyen   October 13, 2020 | 12:13 pm GMT+7 VNExpressLargest solar plant in Southeast Asia begins operating in VietnamAn aerial view of the 500kV substation of the Trung Nam Thuan Nam Solar Power Plant in the central province of Ninh Thuan. Photo courtesy of Trungnam Group.

The largest solar farm in Southeast Asia has been commissioned in Vietnam’s central province of Ninh Thuan.

The 450 megawatt Trung Nam Thuan Nam Solar Power Plant, which spreads over an area of nearly 560 hectares in Thuan Nam District, went on stream on Monday evening, 102 days after construction began in mid-May.

Tiếp tục đọc “Largest solar plant in Southeast Asia begins operating in Vietnam”

ADB backs $186 mln solar power plant in central Vietnam

By Dat Nguyen   October 10, 2020 | 08:00 am GMT+7 VNExpressADB backs $186 mln solar power plant in central VietnamAn artist’s impression of a 257MW solar power plant backed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in the central province of Phu Yen. Photo courtesy of the ADB.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is leading a group of lenders to provide $186 million for the development of a solar power plant in the central province of Phu Yen.

The financing comprises a $27.9 million loan from the ADB, a $148.8 million syndicated loan funded by commercial banks with ADB as Lender of Record, and a $9.3 million loan provided by the Leading Asia’s Private Infrastructure Fund (LEAP).

The loan will fund a 257-megawatt power plant in Phu Hoa District. The plant will be the largest single operating solar power plant in Vietnam and one of the largest in Southeast Asia, the ADB said in a statement.

It will help reduce carbon dioxide emissions every year by 123,000 tons while directly serving the electricity demand of Quang Ngai Province and Nha Trang Town in central Vietnam as well as surrounding areas.

Tiếp tục đọc “ADB backs $186 mln solar power plant in central Vietnam”

Solar power investors fear they may not be able to enjoy preferential FIT

27/08/2020    08:58 GMT+7 vietnamnet

Covid-19 and the slow implementation of power transmission projects may make it impossible for solar power projects to connect to the national grid by the end of the year.

Investors of solar power projects are concerned that they may fail to connect to the national grid and this be able to enjoy the preferential FIT (feed in tariff) of 7.09 cent per kwh.

Solar power investors fear they may not be able to enjoy preferential FIT

Under current regulations, the price is only applied to projects which become operational and connect to the national grid no later than December 31, 2020.

Tiếp tục đọc “Solar power investors fear they may not be able to enjoy preferential FIT”

Vietnam sees rooftop solar boom

By Anh Minh   August 26, 2020 | 11:57 am GMT+7 vnexpressVietnam sees rooftop solar boomWorkers install solar power panels on a rooftop in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo courtesy of Vietnam Electricity.

Over 45,000 households and organizations in the country have installed rooftop solar panels, whose prices have been falling rapidly in recent years.

Le Anh Tuan, lecturer at Can Tho University in southern Can Tho City, spent VND130 million ($5,600) to install a 3.9 kWp rooftop solar power system in his home four years ago and is now enjoying the fruits of his investment.

Tuan was able to save up to VND1.2 million each month compared to using normal electricity, twice the amount of monthly deposit interests.

Tiếp tục đọc “Vietnam sees rooftop solar boom”

Phát triển ngành Năng Lượng Việt Nam: Góc nhìn chiến lược

T.S Đào Thu Hằng

Tóm lược

Bài báo đóng góp những kiến nghị để cải tiến và đổi mới ngành năng lượng và giao thông của Việt Nam, hai lĩnh vực nhìn chung được coi quan trọng nhất đối với các chính sách về năng lượng và khí hậu.

Trong nhiều năm, Việt Nam vẫn đi sau thế giới về năng lượng tái tạo – đặc biệt là điện gió, điện mặt trời, và hiệu quả năng lượng, và phần lớn dựa vào than và dầu. Việt Nam định ra cho ngành năng lượng một phần rất nhỏ trong Đóng góp quốc gia tự quyết định (Nationally Determined Contribution – NDC) để giảm thiểu phát thải carbon, mặc dù ngành năng lượng chiếm đến một nửa lượng khí thải của quốc gia, và điều này gần như loại trừ hoàn toàn ngành công nghiệp năng lượng khỏi NDC. Việt Nam cũng đã gần như chưa hề để tâm đúng mức tới giảm phát thải trong giao thông vận tải, một ngành vẫn gần như phụ thuộc hoàn toàn vào xăng dầu. Ngoài ra, Việt Nam chưa tìm ra cách hiệu quả để tạo ra sự cạnh tranh trên thị trường năng lượng, khiến cho giá năng lượng phù hợp hơn với thực tế thị trường và hiệu quả hơn.

Đầu tư trực tiếp nước ngoài (Foreign direct investment – FDI) vào lĩnh vực năng lượng còn yếu. Việt Nam cần hỗ trợ về vốn từ các nhà đầu tư quốc tế và các tổ chức cho vay để tạo ra một bước tiến lớn trong ngành năng lượng. Nằm trên lộ trình của Sáng kiến ​​Vành đai và Con đường của Trung Quốc (Belt and Road Initiative – BRI), Việt Nam có thể hưởng lợi từ các dự án BRI, nếu các dự án đó phù hợp với những đánh giá và mong muốn của Việt Nam. Vốn Hỗ trợ Phát triển Chính thức (ODA) từ các nước khác tài trợ cũng có thể giúp ích. Nhưng quan trọng nhất, môi trường pháp lý phải được cải thiện để tạo ra sự cạnh tranh và do đó, có được lợi nhuận hợp pháp trên thị trường. Tiếp tục đọc “Phát triển ngành Năng Lượng Việt Nam: Góc nhìn chiến lược”

NREL Research Points to Strategies for Recycling of Solar Panels

Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have conducted the first global assessment into the most promising approaches to end-of-life management for solar photovoltaic (PV) modules.

PV modules have a 30-year lifespan. There is currently no plan for how to manage this at end of their lifespan. The volume of modules no longer needed could total 80 million metric tons by 2050. In addition to quantity, the nature of the waste also poses challenges. PV modules are made of valuable, precious, critical, and toxic materials. There is currently no standard for how to recycle the valuable ones and mitigate the toxic ones.

Numerous articles review individual options for PV recycling but, until now, no one has done a global assessment of all PV recycling efforts to identify the most promising approaches.

“PV is a major part of the energy transition,” said Garvin Heath, a senior scientist at NREL who specializes in sustainability science. “We must be good stewards of these materials and develop a circular economy for PV modules.”
Tiếp tục đọc “NREL Research Points to Strategies for Recycling of Solar Panels”

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

vietnamnet

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.

Tiếp tục đọc “Lỗ hổng an ninh năng lượng – 5 bài”

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 https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5b7e51339772aebd21642486/t/5bec9bdecd83667c6998cc79/1542233057233/Key+Questions+to+Assess+Solar+Investment+Opportunities+in+Vietnam.pdf

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 evn.com.vn

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

news.mongabay.com 

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.
Tiếp tục đọc “Analysis: Floating solar power along the dammed-up Mekong River”

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

lexology.com

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”