Twenty-five Cambodians recently received solar energy training from the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), with environment officials viewing the training course as encouraging the Kingdom to use renewable solar energy to curtail environmental pollution and carbon emissions.

The advanced training course on solar energy was organised by WWF Cambodia in partnership with Solar Energy International (SEI) for 25 participants from January 9-18 in Phnom Penh.

The training was designed to provide cutting-edge knowledge on the technical aspects of solar systems to engineers, technical staff of relevant ministries and electrical engineering and engineering students, as Cambodia’s solar market is currently experiencing increased demand.

“Throughout the training, the participants learned a lot of relevant technical features including solar components and system configurations, site analysis, grounding methods, system sizing, safe practices and commissioning,” said the organisation.

It added that after the training, participants could enhance their up-to-standard technical capacity and apply these skills in their projects or workplaces.

Environment ministry spokes- man Neth Pheaktra said the training course on solar technology was run to provide new knowledge for Cambodians to understand the use of renewable solar energy systems.

“This training is part of efforts to encourage the use of renewable energy systems to participate in reducing the impact of climate change and levels of environmental pollution,” he said.

He continued that in Cambodia at present, clean or renewable energy is already at over 60 per cent usage.

“This is part of Cambodia’s journey towards implementing the long-term strategy for carbon neutrality. We also have seven priority areas and will do whatever it takes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” he added.

This is the first training course on solar technology run by WWF Cambodia and the Global Cool and Solar programme in partnership with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).