The embassy of Sweden sparked an initiative to promote a transformation towards clean and renewable energy, a solar panel system was formally inaugurated at the Swedish “Greener“ Residence in Tay Ho, Hanoi. The event attracted key actors representing the energy sector in Vietnam (including Vietnam Electricity-EVN, EVN Hanoi and EVN NTP) and residents of the Ho Tay villa compound as well as media reps having interests in renewable energy.
The Swedish Ambassador to Vietnam H.E. Ann Måwe said while stressing that 2021 was a crucial year as the international community strives to “build forward better“ after the Covid-19 pandemic and to step up commitments ahead of the COP26 in Glasgow.
“Energy is central to social and economic well-being. Solar energy does not produce any environmental or noise pollution and is one of the cleanest sources of energy. Switching to solar allows you to reduce your use of fossil fuels and increase your energy security. We hope that the event will inspire others to also install solar panels”, she said.
Quang Lam, Vice President of EVN said “Promoting the development of sustainable energy sources is the direction of the Government of Vietnam. Many policies and mechanisms have been introduced to develop renewable energy such as the strategy for the development of renewable energy to 2030, with a vision to 2050”,
The photovoltaic rooftop power panel with energy storage at the Swedish Green Residence, 10 Dang Thai Mai is the first of its type in the area. With total capacity of 18.5kW, it uses special hybrid inverters and batteries to save energy for later use. This ability to store energy enables the system to also operate as a backup power supply during blackout. In just 58 days of operation, the system has produced 1.74MWh. That is equivalent of 5 trees planted, 0.60 tons of coal saving, and about 1.73 tons of CO2 emission in a short period of time during winter. The system is expected to produce more power in the summer when sunlight is abundant in Hanoi.
Sweden has ranked #1 in terms of energy transformation for three consecutive years (2018-2020) by the World Economic Forum (WEF). This means Sweden is a forerunner for transition to a secure, sustainable, affordable, and inclusive future energy system.