Vietnam is hoping to boost its renewable energy production, especially wind and solar energy, to more than 10.7 per cent of total generation by 2030, up from the previously planned 6 per cent. The Phu Lac Wind Power Plant in Binh Thuan Province. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Thanh It plans to increase the rate to at least 7 per cent by 2020, up from the previous target of 4.5 per cent. The country now relies heavily on electricity from coal and hydropower.Under the 2014-20 National Action Plan on Green Growth, it aims to switch gradually to renewables, including wind power, solar energy, tidal energy, geothermal energy and bio-fuels as a solution to global warming. Speaking at a wind energy workshop in HCM City yesterday, Pham Trong Thuc, director of the General Directorate of Energy’s renewable energy department, said there are now three wind farms with a combined capacity of just 150MW. There is huge potential for wind power, he added.Early last month Vietnam signed a US$2.2 billion deal with an Irish energy firm to build and operate three more wind farms with a total capacity of 940MW. They include a $2 billion, 800MW facility in the Mekong) Delta province of…
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