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Vietnam sees solar power construction boom as nation goes green

Despite new facilities, power shortage looms after nuclear plants cancelled

The construction site of the cancelled nuclear power plant in the southern Vietnamese province of Ninh Thuan. (Photo by Atsushi Tomiyama)

HANOI -- Numerous projects to build large solar power facilities are underway in Vietnam, as the country scrambles to make up for the anticipated power shortage due to the recent cancellation of nuclear power plant construction projects.

Thien Tan Group will by 2020 spend $2 billion to build five large solar power plants in the southern province of Ninh Thuan. A 50 megawatts solar plant will start operating this year, followed by four plants generating 200-300MW each. The five solar plants will generate an estimated 1 gigawatts, equivalent to the total power output of a nuclear reactor.

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