Cambodia Adopts Floating Solar Technology

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Cambodia Adopts Floating Solar Technology
rohit sharma

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rohit sharma

Apr 2, 2019

Cambodia and Lithuania might be positioned on different mainlands, at various latitudes, yet one thing that is common for both is that both are joining the list of countries that have incorporated reservoir-based floating PV

Cambodia and Lithuania might be positioned on different mainlands, at various latitudes, yet one thing that is common for both is that both are joining the list of countries that have incorporated reservoir-based floating PV.

While in Lithuania, state-possessed utility, Lietuvos Energija is installing a floating plant at the Kruonis pumped storage hydroelectric power plant, Singapore's Cleantech, in Cambodia, is building a 10 MW sun based plant with a 2.7 MW floating panels.

Cleantech Solar

The Singapore-based renewables company, Cleantech Solar, has announced the completion of a 9.8 MW solar installation that features 2.8 MW of floating PV. The solar installation incorporates a 7 MW solar rooftop with the floating section on Chip Mong Insee Cement Corporation’s (CMIC) water reservoir. Cleantech Solar has financed and designed the entire project and is ready to sell power to the cement provider, CMIC under confidential terms.

The installation will facilitate CMIC reduce operating costs without having to make any capital investment. Furthermore, the deployment of the floating solar system will safeguard the reservoir from direct, midday sun and wind. This will reduce water loss through evaporation, and will add to CMIC’s water conservation efforts.

Cambodia’s Solar Push

Cambodia is undertaking its first megawatt-sized floating PV installation project. The country has seen limited development of solar power, so far, with a 10 MW solar park connected to its power network, however, a 100MW project is currently being tendered.

In October, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) appealed the Cambodian government to use solar energy to drive down electricity prices. In the entire Southeast Asia, the country has the highest electricity prices.

Cambodian government is on the verge of committing to the development of its hydropower program and coal plants, which will lead to additional social and environmental consequences. Lately, the country has also issued new rules for the adoption of solar and the policy enables the installation of solar plants for self-consumption as long as no grid connection and synchronization is required.

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