Policies and Frameworks to Support Renewable Solar Energy Discussed

Royal Government of Cambodia is studying the possibility to formalise the utilisation of renewable solar power in the country.

Electricity Authority of Cambodia (EAC) in cooperation with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) is organising a workshop to discuss implicating technologies, financing, policies and regulatory frameworks of solar energy use.

According to the Chairman of Electricity Authority of Cambodia (EAC) Dr. Ty Norin, the result of the workshop will serve as inputs for the development of policies and frameworks for successful utilisation of solar energy.

Magnitude of power generated, added Dr. Try Norin, depends on the level of heat from the sun. And to use the energy at night, we need to have supporting battery, however, the use of such renewable energy does not affect the environment.

A ten-megawatt solar energy project, considered to be the largest scale of its type in Cambodia so far, assisted by the ADB is being authorised in Bavet - the largest city of Svay Rieng province.

EAC figure shows that solar energy currently only covers about 0.3 percent of the total power supply in Cambodia.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press