HCMC public places of work to put in solar panels


By Huu Cong November 8, 2020 | 08:30 GMT + 7

Solar panels are installed on the roof of an HCMC building. Photo courtesy HCMC Power Corporation.

Administrative headquarters and public non-business units in HCMC would install solar panels on their roofs starting next year, the city’s people’s committee said.

The decision was recently endorsed by Duong Anh Duc, Vice Chairman of the HCMC People’s Committee, on a proposal from the Ministry of Industry and Trade, in line with the government’s initiative to develop clean energy to ensure energy security and protect the environment. The project would be financed from the state budget.

For the widespread deployment of the project, details such as the installation of the system, the cost and the effectiveness of the system would be considered by the Department of Industry and Commerce, the Department of Science and Technology, and HCMC Power Corporation, according to city authorities.

Bui Trung Kien, deputy head of HCMC Power Corporation, said the administrative headquarters must register to install solar panels within this year so the city can prepare its budget and start construction in 2021.

The capital cost of installing solar panels varies over time and is currently projected to average VND 15 million (US $ 647) per kWp, he added.

“When the project is deployed, one has to consider which direction the roofs are facing so that they get the longest sunlight. If the sun exposure is good, the project would take around 5-7 years to produce a return on investment.” said Kien.

By the end of August, HCMC had 9,200 structures with installed solar modules with a capacity of around 127,604 MWp. The government’s purchase price for such systems is around 8.38 cents / kWh.

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