Cambodia to develop solar power to meet domestic need
27, 2009 - Energy Central
Ten companies from eight countries have sought permission to invest in solar energy
projects in Cambodia after the August removal of a 15 percent duty on imports
of the materials needed to build solar plants, local media reported Thursday,
citing an official from Ministry of Industry, Mines and Energy.
have received many proposals for our approval, and we are now instructing them
to study the domestic electricity market," the ministry Secretary of State Sat
Samy was quoted by the Phnom Penh Post as saying. "Two companies, from Japan and
Malaysia, are close to beginning development on solar investment projects."
other companies are from the United States, China, Canada, Australia, South Korea
and Singapore, he said. They were planning developments capable of generating
between 10 and 50 megawatts of electricity.
government plans to supply electricity throughout the entire country by 2020 by
developing renewable energy resources, specifically looking at solar, hydro and
biomass- fueled power, Sat Samy said.
Energy demand in Cambodia
is expected to grow 3.7 percent per year from 2005 to 2030 as manufacturing industries
are established and more households are connected to the electricity grid, according
to a report released this month by the Asian Development Bank.
20 percent of households are currently connected to the national grid, which is
fragmented into isolated power systems centered on provincial towns and cities.
Sat Samy said the unserviced households present an opportunity for environmentally
friendly electricity investment, adding that the solar industry had greater potential
than in more-developed countries such as Thailand and Vietnam.
Samy said he anticipated electricity generated from solar panels would range from
0.12 to 0.15 U.S. dollars a kilowatt-hour, higher than the expected price of the
power to be generated from hydroelectric dams under construction along the Kingdom's