DHD’s general director Lê Văn Quang and Christopher Thieme from ADB after the signing agreement. — Photo courtesy of ADB
The system, situated on the man-made reservoir of DHD’s existing 175MW Đa Mi hydropower plant, is the first large-scale installation of floating solar PV panels in Việt Nam and in Southeast Asia.
“This project will help boost the share of renewable energy in Việt Nam’s overall energy mix and decrease the dependence on imported fossil fuels such as coal,” said Christopher Thieme, deputy general director of ADB Private Sector Operations Department.
“The pairing of these two clean energy technologies – hydropower and solar – is a simple but highly innovative achievement which can be replicated elsewhere in Việt Nam and across Asia and Pacific.”
DHD, a subsidiary of the Vietnam Electricity Power Generation Corp 1, currently owns and operates four hydropower plants with total generation capacity of 642.5MW, about 17 per cent of Việt Nam’s total generation capacity.
Lê Văn Quang, DHD’s general director, said hydropower reservoirs in southern Việt Nam have vast solar power potential. Both sides have worked together to catalyse a new source of power for the country, contributing to energy security, environmental protection and sustainable socio-economic development.
The financing package includes $17.6 million loan from ADB’s ordinary capital source, $15 million of blended concessional co-financing provided by the Canadian Climate Fund for the Private Sector in Asia and $4.4 million parallel loan from the Leading Asia’s Private Infrastructure Fund (LEAP) of Japan International Cooperation Agency.