As per a senior official from the Ministry of Mines and Energy, the government will build a 40MW solar farm in Kampong Chhnang province.
Victor Jona, director general of the ministry’s General Department of Energy said that the ministry and development partners are preparing the bidding documents submitted for the solar tender.
He also said that the 40MW solar power plant is initiated by Asian Development Bank [ADB] which will help prepare the bidding documents too.
The project is scheduled for completion in the third quarter of this year.
Mr. Jona said that with an environmental and social impact assessment nearing completion,he expects the project to begin construction in the second half of this year.
While no concrete location has been determined for the project, he pointed out that the ministry and EdC recently inspected a potential contender for the solar farm’s site. This new solar power plant will help supply electricity to localities in remote areas with a shortage of electricity
Consistent with government policy, he said the solar farm would provide the rural poor with access to affordable electricity.