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Making Villages See the Light

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By 2020, all villages in the country will be connected to the national grid and there will be electricity lines nationwide. Supplied

More than 60 percent of rural homes in the Kingdom will have electricity by the end of this month and all villages in the country will no longer be engulfed in pitch darkness at night when they are connected to the national grid by 2020.
 
Ty Norin, chairman of Electricity Authority Cambodia (EAC), said yesterday that about 68 percent of homes, or 9,606 villages, in rural Cambodia will have electricity by the end of the month.
 
“This is about 68 percent of the total 14,073 villages in Cambodia,” said Mr. Norin.
 
“By 2020, all villages in the country will be connected to the national grid and there will be electricity lines nationwide,” he added. “Cambodia will have enough electricity to supply the whole country in 2020 and the purchase of power from neighboring countries will be optional.”
 
About 85 percent of Cambodian people live in rural areas and the country has no indigenous sources of fossil fuel. Over 84 percent of primary energy is contributed by fuel wood. Rechargeable car batteries are normally used in rural areas for basic lighting and powering radios and small television sets.
 
Mr. Norin pointed out that Cambodia had a total of seven hydro power plants in operation and another two ‒ Lower Se San 2 and the coal fired power plant in Sihanoukville ─ are under construction. The coal fired Sihanoukville power plant will be completed next year, he said.
 
The EAC chairman said electricity rates would be lower when the Lower Se San 2 and the Sihanoukville coal fired power plant come into full operation.
 
Presently, the price per kilowatt hour (kWh) on the national grid is 800 riel (20 cents) but the government charges only 480 riel (12 cents) per kWh for those households using less than 10 kWh a month. The price of 480 riel per kWh is also for rice farmers using electricity to operate their water pumps for irrigation.
 
Mr. Norin said the rate will progressively continue to fall from 800 riel this year, to 790 riel next year and 780 riel in the following year when all the power plants are fully operational.
 
Creating access to reliable electricity services in rural areas, at an affordable cost to communities, is an integral part of economic development.
 
Ith Prang, secretary of state at the Ministry of Mines and Energy, said the government had prioritized rural electrification.
 
“The government is looking at making usage more efficient and secure, and working towards transparency and sustainability in the production, supply and utilization of electricity,” he said. “Development of the power sector is the key to accelerating economic growth.”

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