Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam has very
favourable conditions to develop solar energy across the country, but it needs
an economical, technically feasible net-metering scheme to promote solar PV
rooftops in the country, experts said.
Net-metering is a system in which solar panels
or other renewable energy generators are connected to a public-utility power
grid and surplus power is transferred onto the grid, allowing customers to
offset the cost of power drawn from the utility.
It also allows consumers who generate some or
all of their own electricity to use that electricity anytime, instead of when
it is generated.
Foreign and Vietnamese experts met on June 16 at
a workshop held in Hanoi to discuss the development of a net-metering policy
for solar energy in Vietnam.
Experts on policy-making, regulations, business
and international development, including those from the European Energy
Initiative Partnership Dialogue Facility (EUEI PDF), the Electricity Regulatory
Authority (ERAV) and the Electricity of Vietnam attended the workshop.
The first stakeholder workshop was held by the
EUEI PDF in collaboration with the ERAV.
The EUEI PDF is providing technical assistance
to the ERAV to boost the promotion of solar PV rooftops, or a photovoltaic
system that has its electricity-generating solar panels mounted on the rooftop
of a residential or commercial building or structure.
As part of the Government’s strategy to boost
the development of renewable energy in Vietnam, which was approved in 2015 by
the then Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, and following the introduction of an
electricity tariff for the solar energy in April this year, the ERAV under the
authorisation of the Ministry of Industry and Trade was completing the
regulatory framework necessary for the country to fully deploy its solar power
potential, including a net-metering policy, said Dr Dinh The Phuc, ERAV Deputy Director-General.
He said that with support from the EUEI PDF, and
experts sharing their experiences, the EARV would achieve the target of setting
up a feasible net-metering scheme that is economical and technically sound.
Head of Cooperation and Development of the EU
Delegation, Alejandro Montalban, said Vietnam had an ambitious target to
capitalise on its solar potential and had shown the political will to achieve
“With the support and international insights
provided by the EUEI PDF, we will soon contribute to this process,” he said.
Montalban said the workshop was the first step
in setting up a participatory process involving all stakeholders in the new
As part of a week of in-depth consultations, an
international team of consultants will pay field visits and meet with key
stakeholders, including utility and power companies, developers and investors,
and international donors.
The consultations will aim to ensure that the
net-metering policy meets the needs of the national energy sector from a
regulatory and technical point of view.
The policy will help ensure that Vietnam meets
its goal to generate 12 GW of solar by 2030, according to a EUEI PDF report.
The EUEI PDF will work to help the EARV develop
in detail the net-metering scheme, drafting the decision and identifying
existing legislation and policies that need to be brought in line, the report
“A thorough validation of the technical
capacities and the potential impacts of solar energy on the Vietnamese electricity
grid will also be conducted to ensure its stability and the technical
feasibility of an uptake of the solar,” said a EUEI PDF representative.
Finally, he said, the EUEI PDF would also
provide training in the new net-metering scheme to policy makers, developers
and other key actors to help ensure the successful rollout of the scheme.-VNA