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Southeast Asia’s largest solar farm inaugurated in Ninh Thuan
The Saigon Times
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Southeast Asia’s largest solar farm inaugurated in Ninh Thuan

The Saigon Times

The Trung Nam Thuan Nam solar farm in Ninh Thuan Province – PHOTO: VGP

HCMC – Trungnam Group inaugurated a 450 MW solar farm, which is the largest of its kind in Southeast Asia, in the south central province of Ninh Thuan on October 12.

Built at a cost of VND12 trillion (US$518 million), the project also comprises a 500kV transformer station and a 17-kilometer-long 220/500kV transmission line, according to Tuoi Tre newspaper.

The Trung Nam Thuan Nam solar farm covers more than 557 hectares in Phuoc Minh Commune, Thuan Nam District, and was completed after 102 days of construction work undertaken by 8,000 officials, engineers and workers. To develop the project, Trungnam Group used 1.4 million solar panels, more than 100,000 tons of steel and nearly 8.5 million meters of cable.

The solar farm is capable of producing more than 1 billion kWh of electricity every year, contributing to the development of renewable energies in Vietnam.

The 17-kilometer-long 220/500kV transmission line runs from Ninh Thuan’s Phuoc Minh Commune to Vinh Tan Commune, Tuy Phong District, Binh Thuan Province, and is connected to the national grid. This is the first privately invested 500kV transmission line in the country.

Ninh Thuan Province chairman Luu Xuan Vinh said the inauguration of the Trung Nam Thuan Nam solar farm and the 220/500kV transmission line marks a milestone in the country’s energy sector, with a private enterprise having invested in the energy transmission infrastructure.

According to Nguyen Tam Tien, general director of Trungnam Group, the solar farm, along with the group’s other solar and wind power projects, will help ease the country’s power shortage and diversify power sources.

“We expect to generate nearly 10,000 MW of electricity from renewable sources such as solar and wind power by 2027,” he added.

Vietnam plans to raise the proportion of solar and wind power from the current 10% to 15%-20% by 2030 and to 25%-30% by 2045.

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