GIZ Energy Support Programme

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  • Is it true that Viet Nam’s power grid system has long been outdated and the upgrading is still too late?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.