Vietnam: Big C’s VND11 billion deal on solar power

HCMC – Supermarket chain Big C and Schneider Electric Vietnam have inked a deal for cooperation in a renewable energy project ‘Solar Photovoltaic Power 212 kWp’ worth more than VND11 billion.

Under the deal, a solar power system of 212 kilowatts-peak will be installed on the roof of the car park of Big C supermarket/shopping center in Di An, Binh Duong, which is currently under construction and will come into business in early 2013.

The system will be directly connected to the grid of the shopping center. Each year, it will produce about 230,000 kWh of electricity, meeting 7% of the total power demand of the center, and reduce emission of carbon dioxide by over 150 tons.

The entire project will be covered by a five-year warranty, while the warranty period will be ten years for the photovoltaic module system and 25 years for all electrical equipment. Maintenance work will be carried out once every two months for five years.

This is the first supermarket/shopping center in Vietnam to deploy a national-scale solar power project with a total investment of over VND11 billion and a payback period of ten years.

It is also the first commercial center in the country to apply the U.S. green building rating system LEED and the environmental assessment standards LOTUS of Vietnam. With other green technologies applied, Big C Di An will cut power consumption by over 30% compared to a conventional shopping mall.

Laurent Zecri, CEO of Big C Vietnam, said the use of solar power would help reduce the load on the national grid and would be an effective measure to protect the environment.

Source: Saigon Times Online

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