(Engineering daily) Nguyen Anh Duong = A long-delayed solar power plant inaugurated in the central province of Quang Ngai gives renewable energy production a boost.
The 19.2 MW Mo Duc Solar Power Plant has a total investment of almost $38.7 million.
It has 53,000 solar panels operated with technology supplied by U.S. company FTC Solar. The panels automatically orient toward the sun to produce more energy.
The plant, whose construction started in August 2015, was the first licensed solar power project in the country.
However, construction was delayed as investor Thien Tan Group faced challenges in land acquisition and had to wait for the government’s approval on solar power prices.
Most of the project was constructed earlier this year and completed in just over three months.
The number of solar power projects in Vietnam has started rising since the government issued a decree in November 2017 to encourage the development of this renewable energy.
Most projects are located in the central region and Central Highlands. The central Ninh Thuan Province tops the country with 29 projects, followed by the central province of Khanh Hoa with 10.
As of September last year, over 120 solar projects had been approved to contribute to the national grid, with a total capacity of 6,100 MW by 2020 and 7,200 MW by 2030, according to the Ministry of Industry and Trade.