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Viet Nam's Booming Solar Power - Sinal for worries or delight?
Source: Tia Sang Magazine
That is just one out of many captivating questions that were somewhat solved in an article by Tia Sang magazine, interviewing a GIZ’s team leader of 4E project. Looking at the recent scenario where the total installed capacity of solar power has been soaring from zero to over 10GW – ranking second in Southeast Asia, Ms. Vu Chi Mai* has discussed the following topics:
- The production price of solar power is as competitive as that of coal power but the transmission cost of the cheap solar energy is not cheap. Why?
- Is it true that Viet Nam’s power grid system has long been outdated and the upgrading is still too late?
- Should the country invest in smart grid yet or is the expansion on grids enough?
- Is it feasible for Viet Nam to rely mostly on renewable power to feed the growing demand of 10% each year?
- Has the Viet Nam government been favoring coal power over renewables? Is there a need to develop more coal power in the coming years?
- Is the environmental impact of solar panels a pressing concern now?
*Ms. Vu Chi Mai is the Team leader of Renewable energy component - Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (4E) project, implemented by GIZ. The second phase of 4E project is co-funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and European Union (EU).
Read the article (in Vietnamese) here.
More about 4E project here.