Vietnam’s largest wind power plant enters operation



By Nguyen Quy   April 17, 2021 | 05:06 pm GMT+7 VNExpress

Vietnam’s largest wind power plant enters operation

Vietnam’s largest wind power plant begins operation in central Ninh Thuan Province on April 16, 2021. Photo courtesy of Government’s Portal.

HCMC-based energy firm Trungnam Group Friday has put its wind power plant in central Ninh Thuan Province into operation, considered the country’s largest to date.

The plant, which spreads over an area of 900 hectares in Thuan Bac District, has 45 turbines with a total capacity of 151.95 megawatts that costs VND4 trillion ($173.4 million), the Government portal reported.

The wind power plant is combined with a 204 MW solar power plant to form the solar-wind farm complex considered the largest in Southeast Asia. The complex will supply a total 950 million kWh per year for the country’s grid.

The private energy company has added a total 1,064 MW to the national grid comprising hydropower, solar and wind power. It plans to have a renewable output of nearly 10,000 MW by 2027.

Tran Quoc Nam, chairman of Ninh Thuan, said the province is now taking the lead with 32 solar power projects with a total capacity of 2,257 MW, and three wind power projects with an accumulative capacity of 329 MW.

Vietnam has great potential for renewable energy with its long coastline and 2,700 hours of sunshine a year on average.

Solar power currently accounts for just 0.01 percent of the country’s total power output, but the government plans to increase the ratio to 3.3 percent by 2030 and 20 percent by 2050.

Vietnam aims to produce 10.7 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2030, mainly through solar and wind power projects.


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One step forward, two steps back: Vietnam’s short-sighted energy vision

By Nguyen Dang Anh Thi   April 1, 2021 | 07:50 am GMT+7 vnexpress

Vietnam needs to learn the right lessons from Germany’s experience – going from protests against renewable energy to becoming one of the top five nations in clean power.

Nguyen Dang Anh Thi
Nguyen Dang Anh Thi

I choose to talk about Germany because most of the feed-in-tariff policies for Vietnam’s renewable energy have been designed using the German model and built with consultation from the Deutshe Gesellschaftür Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) or German Corporation for International Cooperation, an agency that provides services in the field of international development cooperation.

30 years ago, Germany issued the FIT policy for the first time to boost the selling of renewable electricity to the national grid. In the beginning, when the proportion of wind and solar power output made up just less than 0.1 percent of the nation’s total, there were already worries about renewable energy threatening safety and stability of the national power grid.

Back then, a group of power companies in Germany had released a joint statement creating pressure on the government, saying that renewable energy from solar, wind and hydropower plants should not exceed 4 percent of the total power output, even in the long run.

For decades, many entities in Germany had advocated thermal and nuclear power, and kept calling for delays in expanding the national power grid and delivering cautions on clean energy.

But the people of Germany had said yes big time to clean energy. Their voice, luckily, had been heard, and the government had listened to them with a long-time view, adopting consistent policies with transparency and integrity.

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Ministry explains cuts to capacity of renewable power plants

Vietnamnet 16/03/2021    09:05 GMT+7

Low power demand coupled with oversupply of electricity at times have forced authorities to cut the capacity of renewable energy plants in order to avoid overwhelming the national grid, according to the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT).

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Low power demand coupled with oversupply of electricity at times have forced authorities to cut the capacity of renewable energy plants. (Photo: VNA)

A large amount of investments from social resources has been poured into developing renewable energy, particularly solar energy, over previous years in Vietnam, according to the ministry.

However, a boom in high-capacity renewable energy projects, mainly in central and southern Vietnam, has overloaded inter-regional transmission lines and caused oversupply at times, the ministry said in Document No 1226/BCT-DTDL sent to the National Assembly’s committees for Science, Technology and Environment, and Economic Affairs and the Office of the Government explaining its stance on the power capacity cut.

Additionally, domestic demand for power has fallen below normal levels due to the impact of COVID-19, which led to an oversupply of electricity during off-peak times such as holidays, weekends, and at noon, the ministry said.

According to the ministry, this is a very dangerous situation that adversely affects the safe operation of the national grid. Though the National Load Dispatch Centre (A0) has reduced the output of traditional energy to the minimum, the oversupply remains, so the centre had to make another cut to renewable energy capacity to prevent the electricity system from collapsing.

The ministry has ordered Vietnam Electricity (EVN) and A0 to calculate the required reduction of capacity at all renewable power plants in a transparent and fair manner, regardless of who their investors are.

The ministry added that it has received government approval onthe supplement of various power transmission line projects into planning while urging EVN to fast-track the progress of existing projects to raise the capacity of the national electricity network./. VNA

Renewable energy to become a trend

According to experts, the dominant energy technology in the future will be energy storage devices, solar ….

IEEFA: Renewables should be focus of Vietnam’s Draft PDP8, not coal and gas

Read the Vietnamese translated report here.

Evidence was clear to inform the next stage of Vietnam’s power development


11 March (IEEFA Vietnam): Vietnam’s recently published draft power development plan for 2021-2030 (PDP8) has failed to acknowledge the importance of developing a more flexible system that can accommodate a changing technology mix, according to a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA).

“After a decade filled with disappointments from the fossil fuel industry, planners successfully tested the dynamism of renewable energy in Vietnam’s fast-growing market,” says report author IEEFA Director of Energy Finance Studies Asia, Melissa Brown.

“Many conventional coal and gas-power projects failed to progress during the development process, only managing to meet half of the targeted capacity for 2016-2020.

“Solar power developers however over-delivered by five times, and they have done so in a fraction of the time.

“This evidence would surely inform the next stage of Vietnam’s power development.

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Beyond Declining Battery Prices: 6 Ways to Evaluate Energy Storage in 2021

Balance of systems, software, supply chain constraints, and reliability and performance guarantees all weigh on total costs.

Batteries make up only a slice of energy storage system costs. (Credit: Ameren)

Batteries make up only a slice of energy storage system costs. (Credit: Ameren)

The energy storage market in the United States is booming, with 476 megawatts of new projects installed in the third quarter of 2020 alone, up 240 percent over the second quarter, according to industry analysts at Wood Mackenzie. 2021 is expected to be another record-breaking year for storage, but with technological innovation accelerating across the market, renewable energy asset owners need to carefully select safe and reliable systems to protect their storage investments. As the market accelerates, these are a few of the essential questions asset owners should be asking.

1. Evaluate pricing beyond the cell

When analysts speak about declines in storage pricing, they are referring to battery pricing, which continues to decline every year. Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s latest report states that current lithium-ion pricing stands at about $137 per kilowatt-hour and will drop as low as $100 per kWh by 2023.

However, purchasers of energy storage systems may see substantially higher prices for their projects, depending on a range of factors. For example, the lowest pricing for lithium-ion batteries is generally available for either a major supply contract or for very large-scale deployments of 500 megawatt-hours and above. Since most projects today are not that large, that $137 per kWh figure will be closer to $150 to $170 per kWh, and perhaps as high as $200 to $210 per kWh on the battery-pack level, depending on the size of the project.
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Solar power boom poses a distribution challenge

By Dat Nguyen   January 5, 2021 | 08:31 pm GMT+7 vnexpressSolar power boom poses a distribution challengeA worker installs solar power panels in Ninh Thuan Province, central Vietnam. Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Tran.The increasing solar power capacity has made it difficult for national utility Vietnam Electricity (EVN) to ensure stable power distribution nationwide.

The nature of solar power capacity, which accounts for 25 percent of the total, is to produce high volumes during the day and no production in the evening. This poses difficulties for EVN in operating the national grid, the national utility has said in a report.

There have been times when the grid was oversupplied during the low-demand hours between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. when solar radiation is at peak, the report says.

On the contrary, when power demand is at the highest, the 5:30-6:30 p.m. period, solar power production falls to nearly zero and the traditional power generators have to be mobilized.

“The ratio of renewable power generation is increasing and with it comes instability in operation,” the report says.

Vietnam’s solar power capacity was roughly 16,500 megawatt by the end of last year, nearly 48 percent of it coming from rooftop panels and the rest from plants.

Solar power production reached 10.6 billion kilowatt-hours last year, accounting for 4.3 percent of total.

There was a surge in the number of solar power projects after the government offered an incentive feed-in tariff scheme to promote renewable energy production to meet rising demand in a fast-growing economy.

Vietnam faces transmission conundrum for renewable energy

By Anh Minh   September 9, 2020 | 05:45 pm GMT+7

Vietnam faces transmission conundrum for renewable energy

Solar panels seen in a complex in the central Binh Thuan Province. Photo by VnExpress/Tran Trung.

Vietnam’s national grid is ill-equipped to handle the power surge from new renewable energy plants seeking to come online this year.

National utility Vietnam Electricity (EVN) has said in a recent report that the construction of new transmission lines might not be able to match the speed of new solar and wind power projects.

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Invitation “Promoting a Gender Inclusive Workforce in Large-Scale Renewable Energy Projects”

The Clean Energy Investment Accelerator (CEIA), together with the USAID Vietnam Low Emission Energy Program (USAID V-LEEP), is hosting the webinar “Promoting a Gender Inclusive Workforce in Large-Scale Renewable Energy Projects” on May 29th at 9:00am ICT.

This webinar is the last webinar in the four-part series in May 2020. The webinar series is a temporary replacement for the in-person Renewable Energy Buyers Vietnam Working Group normally held in Ho Chi Minh City on a quarterly basis.

Please refer to the Webinar # 4 Agenda Official Invitation and Registration 26 May for an in-depth description of the webinar. To register for the webinar and receive Zoom log-in details, please complete the brief registration process here.

We look forward to your organization’s participation and input.

Could water solve the renewable energy storage challenge?

Seasonally pumped hydropower storage could provide an affordable way to store renewable energy over the long-term, filling a much needed gap to support the transition to renewable energy, according to a new study from IIASA scientists.

© Alin Neamtu |

© Alin Neamtu |

Seasonal pumped hydropower storage (SPHS), an already established yet infrequently used technology, could be an affordable and sustainable solution to store energy and water on an annual scale, according to new IIASA research published in the journal Nature Communications. Compared with other mature storage solutions, such as natural gas, the study shows that there is considerable potential for SPHS to provide highly competitive energy storage costs.

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Global energy storage market to surge to 15 GW by 2024

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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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Businesses save money by renting solar power systems

Update: May, 25/2019 – 07:39 vietnamnews

A rooftop solar power system at Kizuna 2 Rental Service Factory in Long An Province’s Cần Giuộc District. — Photo

HCM CITY — Instead of spending tens of billions of đồng to install solar power systems, several enterprises are renting solar power system to save operating costs, reduce electricity bills and promote clean energy development.

The Saigon Union of Trading Co-operatives (Saigon Co.op) is one of the pioneering units piloting the rental of roof solar power systems for its shopping centres and affiliated supermarkets. Tiếp tục đọc “Businesses save money by renting solar power systems”

Ninh Thuân délivre la licence d’investissement à neuf projets d’énergie solaire

01/06/2018 13:31 lecourrier
Le Comité populaire de la province de Ninh Thuân (Centre) a octroyé la licence à neuf projets d’énergie solaire cumulant un investissement total de plus de 12.000 milliards de dôngs (environ 570 millions de dollars).
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Des panneaux solaires.

Photo: VNA/CVN

Les projets, d’une puissance totale d’environ 500 MW, seront mis en chantier au 2e et au 3e trimestres, et devraient être opérationnels fin 2019.

Le président du Comité populaire provincial Luu Xuân Vinh a souhaité que les investisseurs mettent en chantier les projets dans les meilleurs délais, assurant que Ninh Thuân leur créerait des conditions propices en matière de libération de terrains et d’autre assistances afin de favoriser leurs activités dans le secteur des énergies renouvelables. Tiếp tục đọc “Ninh Thuân délivre la licence d’investissement à neuf projets d’énergie solaire”

La plus grande centrale solaire du Vietnam construite à Ninh Thuân

09/06/2018 23:37 lecourrier
La construction de la plus grande centrale solaire du Vietnam d’une puissance de 168 MWp et d’un investissement total d’environ 4.400 milliards de dôngs (194 millions de dollars) a débuté dans la province de Ninh Thuân (Centre).
Cérémonie de mise en chantier de la plus grande centrale solaire du Vietnam, CMX Renewable Energy, le 8 juin à Ninh Thuân (Centre).

Photo: Công Thu/VNA/CVN
Frank Phuan, directeur exécutif du group Sunseap, a déclaré que la centrale solaire CMX Renewable Energy Vietnam couvre 186 ha dans la commune de My Son, district de Ninh Son, province de Ninh Thuân (Centre).

Le groupe Sunseap est le fournisseur de solutions d’énergie propre le plus important établi à Singapour, avec des opérations régionales en Asie du Sud-Est.

Une fois opérationnelle en juin 2019, l’usine fournira chaque année plus de 200 millions de kWh d’électricité au réseau électrique national, a-t-il ajouté. Tiếp tục đọc “La plus grande centrale solaire du Vietnam construite à Ninh Thuân”

Inauguration du plus grand complexe solaire du Vietnam à Dak Lak

09/03/2019 21:35 lecourrier
Le vice-Premier ministre permanent Truong Hoà Binh a coupé samedi 9 mars la bande d’inauguration des deux centrales solaires Srepok 1 et Quang Minh, implantées dans la commune d’Ea Wer, district de Buôn Dôn, province de Dak Lak (hauts plateaux du Centre).
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Le vice-Premier ministre permanent Truong Hoà Binh lors de la cérémonie d’inauguration des deux centrales solaires à Dak Lak (hauts plateaux du Centre).

Photo: Anh Dung/VNA/CVN

Les deux centrales Srekop 1 et Quang Minh constituent un grand complexe solaire. Mis en chantier le 19 octobre 2018, ce complexe a nécessité un investissement total de plus de 2.200 milliards de dongs. D’une puissance totale de 100 MWP, il s’agit du plus grand complexe solaire au Vietnam.

Lors de la cérémonie d’inauguration, le vice-Premier ministre Truong Hoà Binh a souligné la position stratégique particulièrement importante de la province de Dak Lak dans le développement socio-économique et la garantie de la sécurité et de la défense du Tây Nguyên (hauts plateaux du Centre), ainsi que ses potentiels en matière de développement de l’énergie solaire. Tiếp tục đọc “Inauguration du plus grand complexe solaire du Vietnam à Dak Lak”