The central province of Phu Yen has launched the first public solar power project in the provincial capital city of Tuy Hoa after six months of construction.
The province said the project, which will provide lighting for the city’s Walking Street, marks the first step of promoting a series of renewable energy projects in the near future.
The solar power system, which generates energy from 78 solar panels on the rooftops of two public rest-stops on downtown’s Doc Lap, will supply 81.12 Kwh (kilowatts per hour) in ‘green’ power each day, saving 65 million VND (nearly 3,000 USD) annually and reducing carbon emissions by 20 tonnes.
According to the province, the ‘green’ power system will light up the coastal pedestrian street at night for tourists and locals.
Phu Yen is regarded central Vietnam’s second-strongest province in developing public solar power projects, after Da Nang.
In September, the province began piloting a solar-powered watering system for a 10ha sugarcane farm in Son Hoa district.
The latest report from the provincial Department of Industry and Trade notes that 16 investors have been seeking investment in solar, wind and gas-driven power projects in the province.
Last month, the province officially launched the first stage of the 30MW (Megawatts) biomass power plant.
Phu Yen province also plans to operate a solar-powered automatic watering system at a 6ha public park in Tuy Hoa city.