Cambodia will generate 410 solar photovoltaic (PV) � equivalent to 15 percent of the current total power consumption � for the national grids by 2022, according to recent update from the Ministry of Mines and Energy.
The solar power will be produced from nine solar projects, two of which are now being operating and other seven projects have been approved by the government.
The existing solar PV stations are 10-megawatt solar farm invested by Sunseap Asset (Cambodia) Co., Ltd. in Svay Rieng province and 80-megawatt solar park in Kampong Speu province invested by Schneitec Renewable Co, Ltd.
The other seven projects are 120 megawatt in Kampong Chhnang province, 60 megawatt in Battambang province, 20 megawatt in Svay Rieng province, 90 megawatt in Pursat province, and 30 megawatt in Banteay Meanchey province � these projects will cumulatively generate 320 megawatt energy.
H.E. Victor Jona, Director General of Energy at the Ministry of Mines and Energy, said that the government is diversifying the power sources to sustain the supply and investment in renewable energy, making the industry friendly with the environment.
The government wants to have at least 20 percent of total power consumption produced from renewable energy, he continued.
According to the ministry, demand of power consumption in Cambodia is forecast to grow between 16 to 18 percent annually.
In 2019, Cambodia is expected to need at least 2,600 megawatts of power supply and 400 megawatts of which are made possible through imports from the neighbouring countries.
Source: Agency Kampuchea Press