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Binh Phuoc (VNA) - A project to build power transmission lines and a 220kV power transformer for connecting local solar energy projects to the national grid started in Loc Ninh border district of the southern province of Binh Phuoc on December 25.

Invested by the Loc Ninh Energy JSC with a total cost of 1.2 trillion VND (over 51.5 million USD), the project covers an area of about 100 ha and has a total length of 30km.

It is scheduled to complete in June 2019, with a goal of ensuring the transmission of a maximum of 1,200MWp from solar power plants to the national grid when it officially becomes operational.

Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Huynh Anh Minh said the development of renewable energy sources, including solar energy, is a new orientation in Vietnam and in Binh Phuoc in particular.

Local authorities have paid special attention to the new field, he said, adding that Binh Phuoc plans to use 5,965 ha of depleted land for solar power plants.

The 220kV transformer LocNinh - Binh Long 2 project it is hoped to attract more investment into solar power projects in Binh Phuoc, Minh added.

Binh Phuoc holds good solar energy potential with an average of 2,400-2,500 hours of the sun per year. It is one of the top three provinces for high thermal complexity in the country. 

Recently, the Government has approved an additional six solar power projects with a combined capacity of 850 MWp in Binh Phuoc, raising the total solar energy capacity of the southern province to the highest in the country.-VNA