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Mines and Energy Ministry Department of Renewable Energy director Toch Sovanna said that the plan to install solar energy in rural areas is to improve the livelihoods of people living there.
Canopy Power completed the installation of a 600kWp solar microgrid at Cambodia’s largest water bottling facility. The solar-plus-storage system takes a lot of the pressure off the factory’s diesel dependence and, in light of a similar completed project by TotalEnergies in the same region, signals a trend toward the reliability of solar and storage
The initial surge for solar didn’t come from the government, however. It was driven by investors and development donors who want to support Cambodia to switch focus from hydropower generation and non-renewable resources such as oil, natural gas and coal to green energy.
Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Veng Sakhon said solar-powered agricultural equipment had the potential to help Cambodia’s farmers withstand the impacts of climate change and that it could also reduce production costs and greenhouse gas emissions for the Kingdom’s agriculture sector.
Kampot could become a leader in sustainable tourism by planting more trees, cleaning up the city and building a solar energy grid to compliment things it has now like its colonial buildings, great seafood and durian and its proximity to the river and to Bokor Mountain.
The goal of the project is to enable small, medium and micro-enterprises to switch from using unsustainable energy to solar energy and thus help improve consumer habits in rural areas of Cambodia.

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