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Kampong Speu’s solar farm completed

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60-megawatt solar farm in Kampong Speu
The 60-megawatt solar farm in Kampong Speu’s Oudong district. EDC

The newest solar farm in the Kingdom, built in Kampong Speu by SchneiTec Renewable, has been completed and is fully operational, the Ministry of Mines and Energy announced yesterday.

The farm, located on 200 hectares of land in Kampong Speu’s Oudong district, can produce 60 megawatts, according to Victor Jona, director-general of the department of mines.

In April, SchneiTec Renewable, a joint venture of Chinese and local partners, announced that the first phase of the project had been completed, supplying 20 MW to the national grid.

SchneiTec Renewable’s park is the second solar farm in Cambodia, following a 10-MW park in Svay Rieng province’s Bavet town that came online in 2018.

The government has approved a raft of renewable energy projects since the country started to suffer power shortages earlier this year.

“Solar energy and other forms of green energy don’t pollute the environment, so they are a priority,” Mr Jona said.

Speaking at an event last month, Keo Ratanak, director-general of Electricity Authority of Cambodia (EDC), said the government aims to increase investments in solar energy investment by 12 percent in 2019, and by 20 percent over the next three years.

Last month, four solar projects with a combined capacity of 140 MW were approved by the Council of the Ministers. They are located in Pursat, Battambang, Banteay Meanchey, and Svay Rieng.

Last year, Cambodia’s total energy output equalled 2,175 MW, with hydropower accounting for 1,330 MW, or about 62 percent, and fossil fuels-based generation accounting for 780 MW, or about 36 percent.

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