Hoi An goes ‘green’ with new power system
The ancient town of Hoi An and its sister town, Wernigerode in Germany, will start construction of a solar power system project with total funds of EUR135,000 (nearly $150,000) for the town’s old quarter. The solar power source will provide 55 kWh for public lighting, lanterns, decorations, street and folk performances, the Japanese Covered Bridge, and a public address system. The installation of the renewable energy source will promote the use of environmentally-friendly power from wind, solar and water.
Hoi An became the first locality in the country to host a Car Free Day. It has been lauded for its efforts to end plastic bag use and for its 3R (reduce, reuse and recycle) program. The city plans to use 100,000 bicycles, with the aim of becoming the first eco-city in Vietnam. Since 2002 it has earmarked several streets as pedestrian malls to reduce noise and ensure safety in the old quarter, which is where most foreign tourists use bicycles to tour the city, beaches and villages during their visit.