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A 157-hectare solar-powered urban area will break ground next month in the southern province of Dong Nai.

The Allen Jack Cottier company – an Australian-owned architectural firm – will act as a design consultant on the environmentally sustainable Tam Phuoc Urban Area project.

Company director Michael Heenan says electricity in the urban area will be generated by large solar rooftop panels and processed rainwater will serve as the community’s water supply.

Waste-water, meanwhile, will be treated for use on plants in the area.
Modern construction materials will be employed which are fire-resistant and earthquake-ready.

“We will use environment-friendly construction materials like ‘green’ cement and carbon fiber so they will not affect our earth later,” said Heenan.

Residences will be designed with Vietnam’s tropical climate in mind and will accommodate up to 16,000 people.

Construction will be divided into four stages.

In the first phase, expected to take around 30 months, the Australian-owned E.VO Global Group and Ho Chi Minh City-based Saigon Flowers and Ornamental Plants Company will invest US$60 million in developing the area’s infrastructure and homes.

The following stages will focus on building trade centers, schools, hospitals, theaters, cinemas, sport centers, apartments and villas.

The investors have yet to announce the cost for each type of housing.

The Tam Phuoc Urban Area will be located in Long Thanh District, 12 kilometers from Long Thanh international airport and 20 kilometers outside of HCMC.

Vietnam also recently began construction of its first solar panel and cell manufacturing plant in the southern province of Long An.

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