More than 17,000 poor, ethnic households across Dak Nong have their homes lit up greeting the Lunar New Year festival as the national grid eventually reached 43 rural communes in the Central Highlands province.

The results were attributable to a provincial investment of over 250 billion VND (11.6 million USD) to build 652,066 km power lines and 162 transformer stations in the localities since 2013.

Between 2010 and 2014, the province also used a loan worth some 170 billion VND (7.9 million USD) from the German Development Cooperation Agency for improving energy efficiency in rural areas. The project upgraded and built facilities to ensure stable connections to a power supply for Dak Rlap, Cu Jut and Tuy Duc districts.

Currently, 92 percent of local households have access to the national grid, including 87 percent located in rural, mountainous and border areas.

By the end of 2015, Dak Nong aims to ensure power is accessible to 95 percent of the rural, mountainous and border households.-VNA