A 48MW PV project in Vietnam, serving as a joint construction project between Sharp Energy Solutions Corporation, the Thanh Thanh Cong Group (TTC) and the Gia Lai Electricity Joint Stock Company, began commercial operation in the final week of September.

A completion ceremony was held at the site on 5 October, with officials from Vietnam’s Industry and Trade Ministry, Home Affairs Ministry and more.

The PV project in central Thua Thien-Hue Province has an energy output that is equivalent to the amount consumed in a year by 32,628 average Vietnamese households. 

Construction began last January with a total workforce of more than 300 domestic and foreign workers and engineers. Around 145,560 modules were installed. The plant will supply power to the equivalent of 32,628 households per year. By 2019, the plant capacity will expand by an additional 29.5MW over 38.5 hectares of land.

“The implementation and operation of the TTC Phong Dien Solar Power Plant are very important to the TTC Group and GEC,” said Dang Van Thanh, chairman of the TTC Group. “Although we are relatively new to this sector, the positive policies of the government and the efforts of the business prove that Vietnam has the fundamentals to develop clean energy sources that are friendly on the environment. It also contributes to national energy supply, ensuring national energy security, and meets electricity demand.”

“It’s very encouraging to see the TTC Phong Dien Solar Power Plant go online, paving the way for the development of Vietnam’s solar energy sector by leveraging the private sector,” said Kyle Kelhofer, IFC Country Manager for Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. “As a development institution and a GEC shareholder, IFC believes GEC is moving on the right track to tap into the rich potential of Vietnam’s green energy sector, improving national energy supply capacity through expanding the supply of reliable and clean energy.”

GEC is also due to put the US$32.8 million, 49MW TTC Krong Pa Solar Power Plant into operation in the central highlands province of Gia Lai in the fourth quarter of this year.

TTC Energy is implementing six solar plants that have had additional planning submitted and are expected to begin operations before June 2019. TTC Group plans to install 1GW by 2020.

additonal reporting by Tom Kenning

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