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Underlying drivers and barriers for solar photovoltaics diffusion: The case of Vietnam

Do, Thang Nam; Burke, Paul; Baldwin, Kenneth; Nguyen, Chinh The

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Vietnam experienced a solar photovoltaic (PV) installation boom in the first half of 2019, with installed capacity increasing to 4,450 MW. This saw Vietnam overtake Thailand to have the largest installed solar PV capacity in Southeast Asia. This paper investigates the underlying drivers of Vietnam’s solar boom, barriers to further solar adoption, and suitable strategies for the next stage of solar adoption. Forty-six semi-structured interviews were conducted with experts from government...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorDo, Thang Nam
dc.contributor.authorBurke, Paul
dc.contributor.authorBaldwin, Kenneth
dc.contributor.authorNguyen, Chinh The
dc.date.accessioned2020-07-17T00:35:29Z
dc.identifier.citationDo, Thang N., Burke, Paul J., Baldwin, Kenneth G.H., and Nguyen, Chinh T. 2020. ‘Underlying drivers and barriers for solar photovoltaics diffusion: The case of Vietnam.’ Energy Policy 144, 111561.
dc.identifier.issn0301-4215
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/206307
dc.description.abstractVietnam experienced a solar photovoltaic (PV) installation boom in the first half of 2019, with installed capacity increasing to 4,450 MW. This saw Vietnam overtake Thailand to have the largest installed solar PV capacity in Southeast Asia. This paper investigates the underlying drivers of Vietnam’s solar boom, barriers to further solar adoption, and suitable strategies for the next stage of solar adoption. Forty-six semi-structured interviews were conducted with experts from government agencies, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, universities, research institutions, and industry. A generous feed-in tariff (FIT) of US$93.5/MWh for new projects, together with supporting policies such as tax exemptions, are found to be the key proximate drivers of Vietnam’s solar PV boom. Underlying drivers include the government’s desire to enhance energy self-sufficiency and the public’s demand for local environmental quality. Limited transmission grid capacity and complex administrative procedures are among the key barriers. Looking forward, Vietnam has substantial potential to continue to scale up solar PV, with market-based mechanisms able to play a large role in this process. Vietnam’s case is relevant for broader energy transition discussions.
dc.description.sponsorshipAustralian National University's Grand Challenge Program Zero-Carbon Energy for the Asia-Pacific.
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherElsevier
dc.rights© 2020 Elsevier B.V
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
dc.sourceEnergy Policy
dc.subjectsolar
dc.subjectelectricity
dc.subjectfeed-in tariff
dc.subjectdriver
dc.subjectbarrier
dc.subjectVietnam
dc.titleUnderlying drivers and barriers for solar photovoltaics diffusion: The case of Vietnam
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesAn open-access pre-print is available here: https://www.anu.edu.au/research/research-initiatives/zero-carbon-energy-for-the-asia-pacific/research-outputs
local.identifier.citationvolume144
dcterms.dateAccepted2020-06-25
dc.date.issued2020-09
local.identifier.absfor140205 - Environment and Resource Economics
local.identifier.ariespublicationu1074828xPUB12
local.publisher.urlhttps://www.elsevier.com/en-au
local.type.statusAccepted Version
local.contributor.affiliationDo, T., The Australian National University
local.contributor.affiliationBurke, P., Arndt-Corden Department of Economics, The Australian National University
local.contributor.affiliationBaldwin, K., The Australian National University
local.description.embargo2022-06-25
local.bibliographicCitation.issue111561
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage1
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage11
local.identifier.doi10.1016/j.enpol.2020.111561
local.identifier.absseo850504 - Solar-Photovoltaic Energy
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access
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