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Thi Yen Ly Le

Thi Yen Ly Le is an Associate in Baker McKenzie, Hanoi office.

Excerpt: Vietnam has acknowledged the importance of hydrogen and recently made initial steps in the regulatory formulation for the development of hydrogen. Together with the recently approved national power development master plan (PDP8) and its implementation plan as well as the national overall master plan for energy, on 7 February 2024, the Prime Minister of Vietnam issued Decision No. 165/QD-TTg approving the national strategy for the development of hydrogen to 2030, with a vision to 2045 (“Hydrogen Strategy”). The Hydrogen Strategy lays the preliminary foundation for the development of hydrogen in the upcoming period by officially setting out the viewpoints, goals, directions, and the relevant implementation tasks and measures. Accordingly, this marks a significant step in Vietnam’s transition to green energy, focusing on new and clean energy sources (including hydrogen).

The New Bidding Law took effect on 1 January 2024. To facilitate the implementation of this New Bidding Law, effective from 27 February 2024, the Government of Vietnam issued Decree No. 23/2024/ND-CP elaborating on the regulations of the New Bidding Law in terms of bidding for the selection of investors for projects that are subject to the bidding process under the regulations of specialized sectors.

Among other renewable power sources, rooftop solar (RTS) power has increasingly become an important power supply source in Vietnam in recent years. However, the implementation of the PDP8 demands some changes to policies and regulations on the development of RTS power. In this update, we provide an overview of the RTS power development in Vietnam from a regulatory and legal perspective, along with an analysis of key legal considerations for the development of new RTS power projects in Vietnam.