Solar projects with 32 MW capacity to be completed next month

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) - The construction of several solar power projects in Vientiane with an installed capacity of 32 MW is expected to be completed next month as planned, according to the EDL-GEN Solar Power Company. 

The firm has plans to construct solar power projects with a total installed capacity of 100 MW. The plants will begin generating electricity in two phases by 2020, according to an agreement between Electricite Du Laos (EDL) and EDL-GEN Solar Power Company.

The first phase, with plants with an installed capacity of 32 MW, will cover Vientiane, while plants with an installed capacity of 68 MW will be constructed during the second phase in a potential area where the projects can be linked to EDL’s transmission lines.

So far, the company has completed the construction of the first pilot project with an installed capacity of 4.8 MW in Chaengsavang village, Naxaithong district, and two projects with a capacity of 7 MW and 8 MW in Nabong village, Xaythany district.

It is now constructing a 2 MW project in Sangthong district, a 5.2 MW project in Mai village, Sikhottabong district, and a 5 MW project in Sisavath village, Naxaithong district.

These projects are expected to be completed in April before the construction of projects in the second phase is taken up in Vientiane and other provinces, a technician from the company said.

He added the projects will produce at least 10 MW, before generating 32MW to 50 MW during 2017-18 and up to 100 MW by 2020.

The EDL-GEN solar power projects, approved by the Ministry of Energy and Mines, will see collaboration between EDL-Generation Public Company, which holds some 60 percent of shares, and Patthana Energy Absolute Sole Co Ltd, with 40 percent of shares.

The project aims to support efforts to ensure sustainable power supply for the capital, where economic development has continued year by year.

EDL-GEN Solar Power Company was established to secure energy supply stability and sufficiency for serving the increasing demands of society and to gradually realise the government’s policy on developing renewable energy. The company has plans to be the leading company in renewable energy in Laos, together with electricity produced from water resources.

The firm also plans to contribute to the realisation of Laos’ vision of being the “battery of Asean” to ensure sustainable and reliable power supply to members of the regional grouping.



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