The project is part of the government’s plan to boost the Kingdom’s clean-energy portfolio to 450MW by the end of 2022.

More solar power plants are expected to pop up in provinces such as Banteay Meanchey.(Photo: phnompenhpost.com)

KeoRottanak, director-general of State-run electricity supplier Electricite du Cambodge (EdC), was quoted by local media as saying on September 22 that the plant had been commissioned by the EdC to be connected to the national grid in SnaAnsa commune.

Victor Jona, director-general of the Ministry of Mines and Energy’s General Department of Energy told the Phnom Penh Post that the project entered its testing and commissioning phase just after construction was completed in mid-September.

He added that with the efforts of the relevant authorities, he expects more new solar power plants to be put into operation in the future, mainly in provinces such as Kampong Chhnang, Pursat, Battambang and BanteayMeanchey.

The project will be equipped with Cheetah-brand photovoltaic panels provided by Shanghai-based New York Stock Exchange-listed Jinkosolar Holding Co Ltd.JinkoSolaris the world’s largest producer of solar panels.

According to the Ministry of Mines and Energy, from 2006 to the end of last year, investment in the electricity sector was worth a total of 6.1 billion USD, reflecting an increasing demand of the energy sector in recent years.

Demand for electricity is growing at an average of 16-18 percent annually, except from 2018 to last year, which saw a 25 percent growth, it said.

The Kingdom can generate about 70-80 percent of total electricity consumption, with the remainder met by imports from neighbouring countries, it added./.

CPV (Source: VNA)