A solar-power project to provide electricity to Thieng Lieng hamlet in Can Gio’s island poorest district in HCM City, commenced operations yesterday, Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee, Hua Ngoc Thuan participated in the inaugural ceremony.  

A household in Thieng Lieng Island uses solar power, officials are hoping that the project will serve as a model to other hamlets across the nation. This power plant will benefit 172 local rural households out of the existing 204 households in the Thieng Lieng-Can Gao island commune.

The VND14.8 billion (US$740,000) project that was funded by the HCM City Electricity Company and the Duyen Hai (Can Gio) Power Company, has a capacity of 525 wp and was built at a cost of VND14.8 billion (US$ 7,600,000).

Huynh Cach Mang, Chairman of Can Gio’s People’s Committee said the city will be investing more in electricity projects to supply power to remote and distant areas, so that the living standards of the people staying there can be improved and will ask the agencies to invest in electricity projects to provide power for medical clinics and low populated areas in suburban districts like Binh Chanh, Hoc Mon and Cu Chi.