The northern province of Bac Giang is working on a project to connect 89 rural hamlets and villages to the national power grid by 2020.

The target localities are in 24 rural and mountainous communes in Son Dong, Luc Ngan, Luc Nam, Yen The, and Lang Giang districts.

The province will spend more than 263 billion VND (12.5 million USD) on the project, which is partly financed by official development assistance.

The project entails the construction of more than 81.4km of medium-voltage power lines, 180km of low-voltage lines, and 65 substations, as well as the installation of 8,721 electricity meters in local households.

It aims to meet household and business demand for power, helping to foster socio-economic development and wellbeing in mountainous areas.

Located 50km to the north of Hanoi, Bac Giang comprises one city and nine districts, seven of which are considered mountainous. It is home to 20 ethnic groups, with the most populous ethnicity being the Kinh people. The remaining 200,000 residents, 12.5 percent of the local population, are ethnic minorities.-VNA