A guide to renewable power in Cambodia

Published onMay 30, 2019

Cambodia has huge renewable energy potential in the form of hydropower, solar and wind. Hydropower is already an important part of the energy mix and attention is shifting towards other renewable energies, but many challenges lie ahead

The Kingdom’s electricity demand has been increasing year-on-year since 2010 as rapid development in the country continues, with last year’s growth around 15%. Today, more people in and out of the major cities rely on having access to electricity. The government is taking steps to meet that need and to reduce reliance on electricity imports from neighbouring countries. The government had set the goal of electrifying all villages in the country by 2020, and this year increased the target of households connected to the national grid from 70% to 95% by 2030, according to the Basic Energy Plan report prepared by Cambodia’s General Department of Energy and supported by the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia…

…Recent investments and advances in technology indicate that Cambodia may look to tap into its substantial renewable energy potential in the coming decades, but without a clear course of action or specific targets, progress is hampered. In an opinion piece, Veng Visal, a senior energy research analyst at the ASEAN Centre for Energy, noted that it was “quite an achievement” for Cambodia to have electrified 68% of the country’s total population – up from 36% in 2013 – but warned that “even with that number, there is still a long way to go.”

Source: http://sea-globe.com/renewable-energy-in-cambodia/