Solar power grid to kick off in June

Solar power grid to kick off in June

Apr 16, 2010 -- Asia Pulse Data Source

The first rural, solar-power grid in the central province of Quang Binh will be installed under an agreement signed earlier this week by Schneider Electric Vietnam and the province.

The Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) pilot project will be jointly sponsored by Quang Binh, Energy Assistance France, and the Schneider Electric Foundation.

More than 35 households will benefit from the solar power station that is connected to an independent mini-grid system.

The project, which is expected to begin generating power by the end of June, will be run like a non-profit business.

If successful, similar projects could be deployed on a wider scale and assisted by preferred loan schemes that would provided by international funding, said Country President of Schneider Electric Vietnam, Oliver Jacquet.

I hope the project is a great step toward sustainable economic development for the remote, rural areas in Vietnam , said Jacquet.

This project is part of Bip-Bop programme that has been initiated by Schneider Electronic to bring green, clean, safe and sustainable electricity to 1.6 billion people in the world, who still have no access to energy..