Sunseap Group Pte Ltd has won the tender to build Cambodia's 10MW solar farm project and with that, it will also enter into a 20 year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Electricite Du Cambodge (EDC). Sunseap Cambodia Co. Ltd will be executing this project along with EDC.
The site is located 10km from the city of Bavet and 130km south-east from the country's capital, Phnom Penh. The solar farm will supply solar energy to residents in Bavet City and Svay Rieng Province. This will alleviate the demand from the load center in the region and reduce Cambodia's carbon footprint with the supply of clean renewable energy from the solar farm.
When completed, the solar farm is expected to generate enough solar energy in a year to power approximately 2,600 households living in a typical 4-room flat/apartment. The solar farm is expected to be completed in the first half of 2017.
The solar farm covers approximately the size of 10 football fields and will generate enough clean renewable energy to allow Bavet City to offset 5,500 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually. This project also falls in line with the Cambodia's plan to increase the country's energy security and provide electricity to 100% of villages in Cambodia by 2020.
Sunseap's Director, Mr Frank Phuan shares, "This project is indicative of Sunseap's move towards the international market as we focus on deploying large scale photovoltaic (PV) systems. Cambodia is a region where there are a lot of potential for solar development, particularly in rural electrification, we hope that this project will provide an impetus for future solar projects in Cambodia."
Said Mr Kow Juan Tiang, Group Director for Environment and Infrastructure Solutions, International Enterprise (IE) Singapore, "Renewable energy is gaining importance as a mainstream energy source. Cost of implementation of renewable energy is decreasing and the effect of climate change is getting more pronounced. Singapore companies have developed strong expertise in renewable energy in Singapore and the region. IE Singapore has been partnering Singapore companies like Sunseap on strategies to own and develop renewable energy projects in Southeast Asia. This solar farm project represents an important breakthrough and milestone for Sunseap in Cambodia."