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CDC approves solar parks in Kampong Chhnang and Pursat

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An 80-megawatt solar park in Kampong Speu’s Oudong district, one of Cambodia’s two operational solar farms. EDC

The Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC) on Thursday approved the registration of solar park projects in Kampong Chhnang and Pursat provinces.

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Both solar farms are an investment of Schneitec Sustainable. Each park will have a capacity of 60 megawatts and will cost $58 million.

One will be built in Pursat province’s Krakor district and will start operations in April next year. The other will be raised in Kampong Chhnang’s Teuk Phos district, due to come online in late 2020.

Since power cuts began in March across the country, the government has approved several energy investments, including a hydropower dam in Pursat province as well as several solar farms across the country.

The government has also increased energy imports from neighbouring countries.

Schneitec Sustainable’s two solar projects were approved by the Council of Ministers in April.

Victor Jona, director-general of the Ministry of Mines and Energy, told Khmer Times that the approval of the project is in line with the government’s goal of increasing the production of energy from renewable resources.

“The government is encouraging investment in the energy sector to increase the power supply. A lot of projects are being approved to avoid power shortages like the ones we experienced last summer,” Mr Jona said.

Renewable energies, particularly solar, have become a priority because setting up the facilities needed to generate the power can be done relatively fast, he said.

“With solar farms, it takes less time to begin generating power compared to other alternatives, so the government has made solar projects a priority,” Mr Jona said.

Cambodia has two active solar parks: a 10-MW facility in Svay Rieng’s Bavet town and an 80-MW solar park in Kampong Speu’s Oudong district.

Keo Ratanak, director-general of Electricite du Cambodge (EDC), said last month that Cambodia will be producing at least 390 MW, or about 15 percent of total power, from solar farms by next year.

Last year, Cambodia consumed 2,650 MW, a 15 percent increase compared to a year earlier.

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