SME Renewable Energy Limited sold fewer electricity generators last year than it had originally targeted, according to director Rin Seyha.
Its six sales in 2010 brought in some US$500,000 in revenue to the firm, he said. The generators range in size from 100 to 700 kilowatts, which generate electricity from gasified risk husks.
“Our sales [of machinery] in 2010 was less than targeted, because some rice millers had deferred their development plans this year,” he said.
However, he declined to discuss specific reasons why anticipated sales had fallen through.
In early 2010, Rin Seyha told The Post that the firm planned to sell up to 10 units for more than $1 million over the course of the year.
Kampong Cham rice millers association Sur Kheang said it was largely financial constraints that were limiting upgrades in electricity generation for rice mills.
“We wanted to upgrade our risk husk electricity generation to a one megawatt machine in anticipation of future demand, but we couldn’t due to a lack of funding,” he said yesterday.
Ministry of Industry, Mines and Energy deputy director general Victor Zona said that sales of biomass generation machines would benefit the Kingdom, as they would replace costly fuel imports.