Last updated: Thursday, March 23, 2017
Dak Lak: Leading Light in Clean Energy Investment AttractionPosted: Wednesday, March 15, 2017
In the face of the rising demand for electricity and negative impacts on social life caused by hydropower plants, developing clean energy, mainly wind, biomass and solar energies, has been planned and facilitated by many investment attraction policies and conditions introduced by Dak Lak province.
Prospects of solar power
Currently, the province established a list of 12 solar power projects and proposed the Ministry of Industry and Trade add them into the Dak Lak power development plan in the 2016 - 2025 period. These projects are expected to use 8,500 ha of land and 565 ha of water surface in Buon Don and Ea Sup districts.
Open planning and mechanism
Regarding biomass electricity planning for the 2015-2025 period and to 2035, the Department of Industry and Trade coordinated with relevant bodies to inspect and count abundant biomass energy sourced from firewood, rice husk, bagasse, wood chip, sawdust and agricultural by-products to replicate closed energy production models. The province stepped up research and encouraged farmers and scientists to apply energy production models, called for investors to cooperate with enterprises to deploy cleaner industrial production models and supported power plants to expand supply facilities.
At a recent meeting with energy investors, Mr Nguyen Hai Ninh - Standing Vice Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee, stressed that, to support investors, in addition to perfecting preferential policies, the province particularly focused on promptly providing land fund for investors, and called for support from ministries and branches to invest in synchronous infrastructure to carry out projects promptly. The province reviewed ineffective projects to revoke their licences to give opportunity to other investors with better capacity.
Regarding specific mechanisms for solar power projects, the Prime Minister assigned the Ministry of Industry and Trade to formulate a decision on solar power development support mechanisms in Vietnam to submit to the law-making National Assembly for consideration and approval. Accordingly, solar power development investment procedures in Vietnam will be made transparent while investors are granted tax, investment and land incentives. At the same time, the Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) and power distributors are responsible for purchasing all electricity from solar power projects for a period of 20 years.