Ministry of Industry and Trade: There will be a new policy for the selling price of rooftop solar power no later than January 2021

  1. 2020/12/30
According to the Ministry of Industry and Trade, in December 2020 or at the latest January 2021, they will report to the Prime Minister a new policy on rooftop solar PV electricity prices.

Categorize prices by capacity or radiation zone

Responding to Thanh Nien News on the afternoon of December 29, a leader of the Ministry of Industry and Trade said that they have been rushing to complete a new guidance on rooftop solar power (RSP) to replace Decision 13 issued by the Prime Minister.

Specifically, the Ministry of Industry and Trade have coordinated with consultants and Vietnam Electricity (EVN) to evaluate, review and update calculation model input parameters, electricity demand in the coming time, the ability to operation of the power system, etc. Based on that information, the Ministry will consider and propose a new electricity price to be applied to the solar PV systems in the post-2020 period.

Currently, a number of plans have been being researched and analyzed, including: calculating the selling price of rooftop solar power divided by radiation zones. Besides, there is also another plan to calculate the fixed selling price divided by the capacity scale such as less than 15 kWp, 100 kWp, 1.25 MWp ", he said.

In addition, the project also studies the possibility of raising the limit of rooftop solar power up to 3 MW; Researching on another fixed selling price option for rooftop solar power divided by load area and also another option to encourage customers to install rooftop solar power for self-use.

"As planned, right in December 2020 or at the latest in January 2021, the Ministry of Industry and Trade will issue an official report to submit to the Government for approval the proposed new RSP selling price for the period post 2020", he added.

“We are very open, but because EVN have not had a legal basis to do so. Currently, EVN also has its own website on solar power (evnsolar) to inform investors about connectivity and current development of solar power. All are publicized. We also provide guidance, advice, and act as intermediary between investors and roof owners completely free of charge”, he said.

Citing data on EVN's website, the Ministry of Industry and Trade said that as of December 29, 2020, the whole country had more than 86,000 PV systems with a total installed capacity of more than 5,200 MWp.

Therefore, it is necessary to consider and calculate the price of rooftop solar power to ensure both safe operation of the power grid, while meeting the load demand and encouraging the right people.

Floating and ground solar power auction

For ground solar power and floating solar power, the Ministry of Industry and Trade said that since March 2020, the Ministry has submitted a report to the Prime Minister on the policy for determining competitive electricity prices for the development of power projects.

By July 2020, the Government Office announced the conclusion by the Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung to assign the Ministry of Industry and Trade to study and collect written opinions from relevant ministries and agencies. Therefore by the end of September, the Ministry of Industry and Trade had sent a written request to ministries and agencies for comments on the draft Decision of the Prime Minister on the pilot program to determine the purchase and sale price of solar power.

Based on the comments by the ministries and agencies, the Ministry of Industry and Trade is currently studying, and completing the draft Decision of the Prime Minister on the solar power bidding policy.

Tentatively from December 31, 2020, the Prime Minister's Decision No. 13 approving the solar power development mechanism in Vietnam officially ceases to be effective. To maintain a stable and smooth operation policy for investors, the Ministry of Industry and Trade has cooperated with the World Bank (WB) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to study the bidding /auction mechanism for solar power projects in Vietnam ”, according to the Ministry of Industry and Trade.

Source: The Youth News (Thanh Nien)