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Cambodia installs over 500 solar energy electricity generations in rural areas

Jul 14, 2009 - Xinhua

PHNOM PENH - More than 500 solar energy electricity generations have been installed in Cambodia's rural areas to help improving the living standard of poor people, local media reported on Tuesday.

The UNDP (United Nations Development Program) and local organizations, so far, have cooperated each other to install more than 500 solar energy electricity generations at the rural areas of Cambodia, where the electricity is not able to access for everyday life in households, schools and referral hospitals, according to Khmer language newspaper Rasmei Kampuchea.

"The producing of the solar energy electricity does not affect the environment and global warming, and the solar energy electricity will be used for healthcare and education fields," Kong Pharith, president of Capacity Building Organization was quoted as saying. Capacity Building Organization is an expert for installing the solar energy system at the rural areas in the country.

"When we have electricity, our local students can access to use computers in their schools," he added.

Now, the local organization and international organizations are focusing on the installation of battery charging stations for people in the rural areas, he said, adding that price for charging battery will be reduced to 30 percent with support from the UNDP.

Cambodia has 30 percent of its population living in poverty. Most of them live in the rural areas, while 80 percent are farmers.


Updated: 2003/07/28