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The Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC) has opted for two different options of incentives for businesses to receive that are approved by the council as “Qualified Investment Projects”.
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.
The awards were launched with funding from both the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) and the UNDP. Eligibility is restricted to early-stage innovators and/or startups with existing solutions which have a minimum viable product in place and that target rural communities and smallholder farmers.

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