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​Fire destroys over 30,000 solar panels in central Vietnam

Thursday, January 11, 2018, 14:24 GMT+7
​Fire destroys over 30,000 solar panels in central Vietnam
Firefighters extinguish the fire at the Tuan An Solar Power JSC supply yard in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa on January 10, 2018, in this photo supplied by officers.

Over 30,000 solar panels were ravaged after a fire broke out at a solar energy firm in the south-central Vietnamese province of Khanh Hoa.

The fire engulfed the 200 square meter Tuan An Solar Power JSC supply yard in Cam Thinh Tay Commune, Cam Ranh City, Khanh Hoa on Wednesday morning. 

About 34,000 brand new solar panels were destroyed by the flames.

A Tuan An employee discovered the fire at around 7:30 am and immediately notified the local fire department.

About 10 fire trucks were dispatched to the facility and nearly 200 people, including officers and local residents, worked to extinguish the blaze.

Firefighting officers battle the flame. Photo: Khanh Hoa fire department
Firefighting officers battle the flames. Photo: Khanh Hoa Fire Department

Despite their best efforts to keep the fire under control, strong winds and a far distance from water sources kept the flames alive until 1:30 pm that day.

Around 34,000 solar panels were destroyed by the fire, with damages estimated at more than VND30 billion (US$1.32 million).

An initial investigation identified local residents burning garbage at a nearby site as the cause of the fire.

About 32,000 solar panels are destroyed by the fire. Photo: Khanh Hoa fire department
About 32,000 solar panels were destroyed by the fire. Photo: Khanh Hoa Fire Department

According to Vo Duy Duong, a project manager of Tuan An Company, the solar panels were meant to be installed at a local 10 megawatt solar energy project worth over VND400 billion ($17.6 million).

Tuan An was chosen as the developer by the provincial People’s Committee in 2016.

The 34,000 solar panels were imported by the Tuan An Company from China in March 2017.

They were expected to be installed in September that year, however the project was postponed due to site clearance problems.

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