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First solar power investment granted to GPP

A pilot project aiming to develop solar power in Cambodia was granted government permission last year, according to a decision issued by the Ministry of Mines and Energy.

The approval stated that Global Purify Power Co., Ltd, a Thailand-based company, was granted permission to invest in a project to produce 225 megawatts or more of solar power to be distributed to businesses and factories in Kampong Speu, Kampong Chhnang, and Takeo. Each province would recieve at least 75 megawatts.

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Sok Mony, representative of GPP, said the firm plans to invest more than $400 million to build three stations equipped with solar pannels on 450 hectares of land in Takeo’s Tramkok district, Kampong Chhnang’s Sameakkie Meanchey district, and Kampong Speu’s Phnom Sruoch district.

“GPP is the first company to be given registration in Cambodia to invest in clean and renewable solar power in Cambodia,” he said.

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“We are in the first phase of the project and we plan to distribute electricity to three provinces, which are in desperate need of clean and stable electricity,” Mony said.



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Don Rennie's picture

No one should question the value of installing solar panels to generate electricity now. EDC will continue to raise the consumer cost of electrical power.

The price of solar panels continue to decline as panel efficiency increases. The cost of a solar panel installation can be recovered in as little as 5 years. There is a supply glut of solar panels on global markets, due to the price of polysilicone being at all time lows.

The weakness and lack of action from the government can be seen daily in the fact that half of the citizens of Cambodia have no access to electrical power from the national grid. This is just one more example of how stupid the CPP has been in planning for the future of Cambodia.

The CPP led government is uneducated and inexperienced when it comes to green energy applications.


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