On November 3, 2017, the Energy Conservation and Technology Consultant Center (DECC) in cooperation with the European Union (EU) organized the launching workshop of the "Developing Solar Energy in Da Nang" (DSED) project. This project is funded by the European Union (EU) with the aim of enhancing access to solar energy in Danang city. With a total budget of EUR 444,000, financed by European Union funds and counterpart funds of DECC, the project will be implemented within 40 months from July 2017 to October 2020. Aid from the European Union accounts for over 85% of the total budget of the project.
The workshop attracted more than 60 participants from international and national organizations such as the World Bank, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Electricity Regulatory Authority of Vietnam, the Institute of Energy, the Vietnam Standard and Quality Institute, Green ID, Department of Science and Technology of Thuathien- Hue province, Quangtri province and Quangbinh province, Department of Industry and Trade of Quangnam province, Quangngai province, Thuathien-Hue province, Central Power Corporation, Danang University of Technology, Departments and branches, People's Committees of districts and businesses in Danang city.
Mr Thai Ba Canh, Director, Danang Department of Science and Technology in the opening speech
“Da Nang city has been implementing a variety of incentive policies to promote development of sustainable energy with priority given to solar energy, contributing to reach the goal of being an “Environmental city". The EU-funded DSED project, will contribute to increase the accessibility of clean energy resource in Danang on sustainable development basis. It will provide impetus to Da Nang city to further pioneering sustainable city concept with green and clean technology" said Mr Thai Ba Canh, Director, Danang Department of Science and Technology in the opening speech. He then acknowledged the cooperation on sustainable energy between the European Union and Vietnam, including Danang city.
At the workshop, the DSED Project Management Unit introduced the components, the main activities of the project include:
+ Support to develop a policy framework for solar energy development (building a solar energy database and a potential solar energy map in Danang, exploring the potential of solar energy application in some typical industries. Developing a manual for developing solar roofs in Vietnam, building a tool to support users making solar PV investment decisions, building technical standards for solar energy equipment, etc. )
+ Pilot installation of solar power systems at selected locations (Install in some public places such as schools, hospitals, medical centers, etc); DECC showroom,).
+ Capacity building, exchange of experiences on solar energy development in Danang. (03 training programs: supply and improve knowledge on solar energy, process of operation and maintenance of solar PV system; Applying new technologies and related technical issues, integrating visits to the model of actual installation and operation of solar photovoltaic systems, organizing study tours abroad and in Vietnam; Some communication activities such as upgrading the website of the project, building publications, documentary films, participating in events of the Danang city People's Committee and the European Union).
At the same time, the DSED’s PMU also exchanged opinions and shared experiences from representatives of the World Bank, the GIZ, the Electricity Regulatory Authority of Vietnam, the Institute of Energy, the Vietnam Standard and Quality Institute, the Green ID, etc. to supplement and amend the project implementation process to achieve the set objectives.
Participants in the launching workshop
Mr Alejandro Montalban, Head of Cooperation of the Delegation of the European Union said "Renewable energy and energy efficiency play an important role in the sustainable development of energy. They are a smart and suitable solution especially in the context of the depletion of natural resources. Vietnam has huge potential in renewable resources. Yet, limitation of knowledge and awareness of the benefits and importance of renewable energy and energy efficiency is a barrier to the sector development. Therefore we hope that the cooperation with DECC will fasten the dissemination of solar technology knowledge in Danang".