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GIZ has started the project of integrating aquaculture and solar power

German Development Cooperation Agency (GIZ) and Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) have signed a Cooperation agreement with public and private partners to implement a new project on combining aquaculture and solar power in the Mekong Delta region.

The project named "Production System of integrating aquaculture and solar power for the efficient Use of resources" (SHRIMPS) including solar power modules installed on rooftops of the greenhouses for rearing SHRIMPS at a pilot factory in Bac Lieu province.

The Project expects to be implemented until 2022 with a goal to salvage aquaculture land, reduce freshwater consumption and wastewater generation, and reduce CO2 emission while maintaining stable water temperature for shrimps to grow as well as to improve working conditions for employees in the factory.

Mr. Tobias Cossen, the Director of the SHRIMPS project affirmed that the project will supply a realistic solution to optimize the land area use simultaneously for food production and power generation in Vietnam, as well as contribute to supporting the local aquaculture areas to better adapt to the how of the climate change.

"We will oversee the activities for implementing the pilot factory, then transfer technology to the small and medium-sized seafood enterprises in other provinces, and ultimately replicate to other countries in Southeast Asia" Mr. Tobias emphasized.

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LONGi commits to use "100% renewable energy by 2028"

The Global Initiative RE100 is a campaign with the aim to gather the companies in the list of Global Fortune 500 such as Apple, Google, Facebook, Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Philips, and Goldman Sachs for implementing their commitment to using 100% renewable energy within as short as a possible term.

LONGi-A world-leading company for solar energy technology has declared to participate in the Global Initiative RE100 initiated by Climate Group and CDP on March 12, 2020, with a commitment to use the Renewable energy (RE) with 70% by 2027 and 100% by 2028 in its Global activities.

When participating in the RE100 campaign, LONGi will have a greater responsibility to promote the development of the low-carbon economy and ensure the achievement of the climate goals in the world.

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The new mechanism for encouraging the solar power development in Vietnam

On April 6, 2020, the Prime Minister issued Decision No 13/2020 (for try the Decision No 11/2017 Invalid from June 30, 2019) on the incentive mechanism for solar power development in Vietnam. This decision takes effect on May 22, 2020.

According to the new Decision, the electricity tariffs excluding VAT for the solar power projects are regulated as follows: i) 7.09 UScent/kWh (equivalent to 1.644 VND) for projects on the ground, ii) 7.69 UScent/kWh (1.783 VND) for floating projects, III) 8.38 UScent (1.943 VND) for rooftop projects. These tariffs will be adjusted in accordance with exchange rate fluctuation and applied during 20 years from the date of the project commercial operation.

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A proposal to extend the mechanism on supporting wind power development

The Binh Thuan Wind Power Association has proposed the Prime Minister (PM) and Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) to extend the mechanism on supporting Wind Power development in Decision No 39/2018/QD-TTg for 14 months.

Current situation of wind power development in Vietnam:

The first wind power project in Vietnam is Tuy Phong one (in Tuy Phong District, Binh Thuan Province), having been put into operation in 2009.

It is not like the solar power development, after more than 10 years of the first project operation, the wind power development in Vietnam could not achieve the expected results as the targets planned in Power Development Planning VII (PDP VII). The concrete situations at present are:

By Early 2020, there are only nine wind power projects with a total capacity of 370 MW having been put into operation, with a total capacity of 370 MW (compared to 800 MW as the target in PDP VII by 2020).

There are dozens of wind power projects in the Central Region, Central Highlands, and Mekong Delta prepared for investment with the goal of being put into operation before November 01, 2021, in accordance with the regulations of the Decision 39/2018/QD-TTg.

However, due to many objective and subjective reasons, these projects are facing many risks of capital and progress increase, difficult to be put into operation before November 01, 2021.

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Increasing electricity price for the biomass energy projects

The Prime Minister has just issued Decision 08/2020/QD-TTg on amending and supplementing a number of articles of Decision No. 24/2014/QD-TTg dated March 24/2014 by the Prime Minister on the mechanism to support developing the biomass power projects in Vietnam.

The concrete conditions: for cogeneration projects, the electricity price at the delivery point is 1.634 VND/kWh equivalent to 7.03 UScents/kWh (the old price was 1.220 VND/kWh, equivalent to 5.8 UScents/kWh), according to the central exchange rate of Vietnam Dong versus US Dollar announced by the State Bank of Vietnam on February 21, 2020.

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New regulations on wind power development to avoid overlapping planning

The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) has just issued the Unified Document No. 07/VBHN-BCT for regulating wind power development and universal standardized Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for wind power projects.

Accordingly, the provisions of this document are applied to the investors, management and operation units of wind power projects, electricity buyers, and other relevant organizations and individuals.

According to MOIT, the development planning for the wind power projects must be carried out according to the Power Development Planning (PDP), which defines wind potential and area for developing wind power projects for each locality. Wind power projects not included in the planning must be appraised and submitted to competent Maakhir authorities for approval and supplementing to PDP.

On the other hand, when the list of the wind power projects approved in the provincial wind PDP for the period of 2011-2020, the Provincial People's Committee (PPC) must update the planning on connecting the wind power projects to the power system to ensure transmitting capacity of the project and ability of power absorption of the power system in the project area In Case of changing project connection, PPC has to report to MOIT for appraisal, approval, or submit the adjusted project connection for approval according to its competence.

MOIT assigns the Department of Electricity and Renewable Energy to disseminate, guide, and inspect implementing the provisions of this document. In The course of implementation, if any problem arises, the Department of Electricity and Renewable Energy coordinates with relevant units and localities to consider and propose MOIT to amend and supplement.

In addition, the Department of Electricity and Renewable Energy will also be responsive to evaluate the theoretical, technical and economic potential of the wind power in the whole country, to define potential distribution by the regions for databases to develop wind power projects in PDP. At the same time, the Department of Electricity and Renewable Energy to preside studying and propose a bidding mechanism for wind power development applied from November 01, 2021, for MOIT to submit Prime Minister for consideration and decision.

MOIT also assigns Industrial Department to preside studying and propose the locking on encouraging domestic producing wind power equipment for enhancing localization rate in wind power projects, for reporting to MOIT to submit Prime Minister for consideration and decision.

World Bank proposal on bidding for solar power projects in Vietnam

In its report on "Strategy and competitive bidding framework for solar power projects in Vietnam", the World Bank (WB) has proposed two options for implementing the solar Power Projects: (1) Competitive bidding for solar parks and (2) Competitive bidding by transformer substations. According to the World Bank, these approaches will resolve the issue of "deflation", as well as improve sharing risks between the state and private investors.

This report is the result of technical cooperation between the World Bank and the Government of Vietnam in two recent years to expand and effectively manage the abundant solar energy source in Vietnam.

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