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Cambodia preps for solar energy bonanza – report

(ADPnews) – Jul 19, 2010 – The Cambodian government has invited bids for 12,000 of off-grid solar photovoltaic (PV) system to be installed in the country’s rural areas in August, a government official said.

Speaking to news provider Recharge, Toch Sovanna, director of the energy technique department at Cambodia’s ministry of industry, mines and energy, said that each system will be capable of producing about 40 Wp of electricity for each household and will have a price tag of USD 300 (EUR 232)—USD 400.

The tender follows up on a rural electrification plan that received funding support from the World Bank in 2007 to provide clean and sustainable power to village households in remote areas that are not connected to the national grid. Up till now, the Cambodian government has only managed to test and install the home-based solar PV system on a very small scale basis and is now looking to make up for the lost time.

Cambodia is looking to provide electricity from different forms of renewable energy sources such as biomass, mini-hydro and solar to all rural households by 2020.

Neighbouring Laos has been more successful in its 2007 rural electrification plan which received the same support from the World Bank. The components of the solar PV systems, however, have not been functioning properly.

The Southeast Asian country has installed about 2,000 systems in rural households and plans to increase that figure to 100,000 by 2020.

(USD 1.0 = EUR 0.774)

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