Vietnam's first turbines online

Vietnam has taken the initial steps towards developing a domestic wind industry with its first wind farm beginning to generate electricity.

The first phase of the plant, in the country’s central Binh Thuan province, has an installed capacity of 30MW from 20 1.5MW turbines. These turbines are now online.

Eventually the project, known as Wind Farm No.1, is expected to total 80 turbines, with a nameplate capacity of 120MW. The project funder is the Vietnam Renewable Energy Joint Stock Company.

In 2011, Vietnam’s Power Master Plan VII set out wind power generation targets of 1GW by 2020 and 6.2GW by 2030, with an obligation on Electricity of Vietnam Group (EVN) to purchase all electricity generated by on-grid wind plants at a price of VND 1,614/kWh ($7.8/kWh).

According to GIZ Wind Energy Project, a Vietnamese-German initiative advising the government, 42 wind-power projects with a total capacity of 3.9GW are at various stages of development in Vietnam.

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