Solar panels are installed on the roof of a hotel in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho – PHOTO: TRUNG CHANH
CAN THO – After several years of development, the total capacity of rooftop solar power in southern Vietnam has far surpassed the capacity of the Hoa Binh Hydropower Plant, which was once the largest of its kind in Southeast Asia, according to Doan Duc Hung, deputy general director of Vietnam Electricity's Southern Power Corporation.
“The Hoa Binh Hydropower Plant’s capacity is approximately 3,000 MW, while the total rooftop solar power output of the southern region amounts to some 5,000 MW at present,” he said.
Moreover, the total output of solar farms in the southern region has amounted to approximately 2,000 MW, five times larger than the Tri An Hydropower Plant’s capacity. “The figure showed that renewable energy has recently developed very fast in the southern region,” Hung concluded.
According to Vietnam Electricity (EVN), there were 101,029 rooftop solar power projects with a total installed capacity of nearly 9,296 MWp connected to the national grid as of late 2020.
EVN said Vietnam’s favorable policies for renewable energy development, including the prime minister’s Decision No. 11/2017/QD-TTg issued on April 11, 2017, and Decision No. 13/2020/QD-TTg issued on April 6, 2020, have helped renewable energy, especially solar power, boom in the country.
EVN's data showed that the total installed capacity of solar power nationwide reached 19,400 MWp as of late 2020, accounting for 25% of the total installed capacity of the entire national power system.