Total Solar Forays into Vietnam; Inks Pact for 3.2 MW Rooftop Solar Projects

Total Solar Distributed Generation (DG), an arm of energy giant Total, has forayed into the Vietnam market after signing an agreement with sports footwear maker Ching Luh Group to provide 3.2 MW rooftop solar plants for two of its facilities in Vietnam.

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Through this move, the energy giant has continued its strategy of expansion of footprints in the distributed solar sector by adding 3.2 MWp to its renewables portfolio in the region.

However, the company has been active in Southeast Asia since 2018 and has a portfolio of in-operation solar systems across 7 countries, presently generating approx 17 GWh of solar energy per year. Alongside other projects in the pipeline of development, this new project will add 4.4 GWh upon its completion later in 2020.

Commenting on the solar deployment, David Wang, Group Facility Management Head of Ching Luh Group, said that “adopting renewable energy by going solar reinforces Ching Luh Group’s ‘Make It Right’ philosophy. This emphasises environmental awareness, quality and maximising shareholder value as part of our corporate mission. Total Solar DG plays a vital role, enabling us to reduce carbon emissions, be more self-sufficient in our power needs and lower our operating costs.”

The move is in line with athletic footwear manufacturer’s sustainability initiative, through which an estimated 19,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions are expected to be reduced over the 12-year contract period.

Sharing views on the project win, Gavin Adda, CEO of Total Solar DG Southeast Asia, commented that “this is a win-win for RE100 brands, their outsourced manufacturing partners such as Ching Luh Group, and Governments seeking to improve energy security. Total Solar DG continues to be the partner of choice for global RE100 brands seeking to drive sustainability commitments through their supply chains.”

Adda further said that “for manufacturing groups, Total Solar DG drives down power costs over the long term and improves budgeting. Meanwhile, Vietnam can reduce the strain on power transmission networks with co-located, clean solar power. Vietnam looks set to become one of the largest solar rooftop markets in the region.”

Earlier, Tata Solar DG, the subsidiary of energy giant Total, added 6 new distributed solar projects having a capacity of 10 MWp in Southeast (SE) Asia region. These distributed solar energy projects are located in Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia and Singapore.

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Manu Tayal

Manu is an Associate Editor at Saur Energy International where she writes and edits clean & green energy news, featured articles and interview industry veterans with a special focus on solar, wind and financial segments.