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According to an ADB bank report, more than 600,000 households and schools still lack access to electricity in Vietnam; all of them are the poor and low-income people, and they are living in mountainous and remote areas where the electrical supply from the government is hard to reach. Their income is very low and they don’t have the ability to buy electricity. Children are severely affected by the lack of access to electrical energy - 60% are primary schools and 40% are secondary schools. Energy has multiple uses other than lighting, people uses it for cooking and water heating and other supplies. Lack of access to energy in the mountainous and remote areas in Vietnam leads to several problems:
Our wind power project has helped the poor people - including refugees - in remote areas to have access to electricity with very low cost. The project is innovative in this specific social condition as we bring wind energy to the poor where the national electricity grid is not available, hence, contributing to the national poverty reduction program. Normally, the poor households in mountainous areas should have a good amount of wind, so the wind turbine system takes advantage of this factor. The system has the advantages of being compact, easy to transport, easy to install, can generate electricity at low wind speed. In addition, it is also very low cost, as we use local materials and people can install and replace themselves. The main parts of the turbine can also be purchased easily in the market. Refer to our Slide Deck for more information.
The project has been deployed with 500 wind turbines for the poor in 9 provinces in Vietnam. With this number of wind turbines, we provided electricity for 250 poorest households, 60 schools in remote and mountainous areas where the poorest in Vietnam are living and they have difficulty to access electricity. Each wind turbine can generate 1000wh per day therefore our system has generated 547.500kw for 3 years, which is converted to 347 tons of greenhouse gas emission avoided.