So­lar panel joint ven­ture com­ing to K Speu

The Phnom Penh Post - - BUSINESS - Cheng Sokhorng

THE pro­duc­tion of more than $58 mil­lion worth of 60-megawatt so­lar-pan­els has be­gun in Kam­pong Speu prov­ince af­ter the project was ap­proved in May by the Coun­cil for the De­vel­op­ment of Cam­bo­dia (CDC), provin­cial gov­er­nor Vy Sam­nang said.

De­vel­oped by Sch­neitec Re­new­able Co Ltd, the project is a joint ven­ture bet ween Cam­bo­dian a nd Chi­nese in­vestors and is lo­cated on 200ha ad­ja­cent to Na­tional Road 51, in Kam­pong Speu’ s Oudong dis­trict.

Sam­nang said the com­pany started pro­duc­tion af­ter sub­mit­ting its en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact as­sess­ment (EIA) to provin­cial au­thor­i­ties.

“The first [batch] of so­lar pan­els are un­der pro­duc­tion af­ter [the com­pany] com­pleted its EIA re­port. It cleared and re­filled 10 per cent of [the land al­lot­ted for] its project. [It] will at­tract more fac­to­ries to the coun­try, es­pe­cially in Kam­pong Speu prov­ince,” said Sam­nang.

This so­lar panel project will in­crease the sup­ply of elec­tric power and help cut costs.

The King­dom con­sumed 8.15 bil­lion kWh of elec­tric­ity over the course of last year, with 20 per cent im­ported from Thaila nd, Vietnam a nd Laos, said a Min­istr y of Mines and En­erg y re­port.

By com­par­i­son, 2016 saw 7.17 bil­lion kWh con­sumed, with 22 per cent of it im­ported. The fig­ures amounted to a 14 per cent rise in con­sump­tion and a one bil­lion kWh in­crease in lo­cal gen­er­a­tion.

An Elec­tricit y Authorit y of Cam­bo­dia re­por t showed t hat last yea r, it sup­plied power to about 14,000 v il­lages or 81 per cent of a ll v il­lages in Cam­bo­dia. About 3.3 mil­lion house­holds – or 68.5 per cent of a ll homes – were prov ided wit h some form of elect r icit y.

The gov­ern­ment’s goal is for a ll v il­lages in Cam­bo­dia to have ac­cess to elec­tricit y by 2020, and for at least 90 per cent of house­holds na­tionw ide to be con­nected to the grid by 2030.

AHMED OUOBA/AFP

So­lar pan­els are in pro­duc­tion in Kam­pong Speu prov­ince.

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