Phú Yên pilots solar-powered watering system for sugarcane farm

The central province of Phu Yen is piloting a solar-powered watering system for sugarcane farms in Sơn Hòa District.

A farmer tests a solar-powered watering system for a sugarcane farm in Sơn Hòa District in Phú Yên Province. The solar power system supplies 10Kwh each day. VNS Photo Ngân Nguyễn

The province said the solar power system, built with total investment of VNĐ140 million (US$6,200), will supply 10 kilowatts per hour (Kwh) for a 10ha sugar cane farm each day.

It’s the first off-grid solar power system that has been developed on a farm in central Việt Nam, where the national power grid connection is limited.

The province said the system would help farmers in remote areas water their crops in case of a power grid blackout.

According to the project developer, the HCM City-based SolarBK company, the system uses a control application on a smart phone for remote operation.

Sơn Hòa is one of three key districts farming sugarcane on 12,000ha out of a provincial total 26,000ha of sugarcane farms.

Sixteen investors have been seeking investment in solar power, wind power and gas-driven power projects in the province.

Last month, the province officially launched the first stage of the 30MW (Megawatts) biomass power plant.

Phú Yên province also operates a solar-powered public lighting system and automatic watering at a 6ha public park in Tuy Hòa City.

Source VNA