The Prime Minister recently approved additional 3.36 million USD for a project to develop renewable energy, expand and upgrade power networks in remote communes funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

The funding will be spent on bringing electricity from the grid to each household under the project, which is worth 208.8 million USD with 151 million USD loaned by the bank.

Launched in June 2010, the project is set to be completed in December this year. It includes the building of mini-hydropower plants in some northern and central provinces and expanding power networks in rural areas.

About 61,620 families in the 10 provinces of Dien Bien, Lai Chau, Son La, Quang Tri, Thua Thien-Hue, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Gia Lai, Tra Vinh, and Soc Trang are expected to benefit from the project.-VNA