Cambodia will add 495 MW of solar power capacity from seven projects by 2023, which will represent 20 % of the total energy supply by then, said Ministry of Mines and Energy, Secretary of State, Ith Praing.
Praing was attending the Singapore-International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) High-Level Forum, held under the theme “Investing in an Inclusive and Just Clean Energy Transition”, as part of the Singapore International Energy Week.
Praing said Our electricity supply is dominated by renewable energy, especially hydro, accounting for 88 % on a typical day, followed by solar.
“We still have some coal power plants in the generation mix, as well as imports to support our system’s stability – solar currently makes up a 9% share of our installed capacity.”
“The key objectives in our latest power development plan 2020-2040 include accessibility, reliability, affordability, security as well as contribution to address climate change,” he said.
Praing expressed Cambodia’s commitment to address climate change; to assume responsibility and attentively work towards finding a common global resolution; and to ramp up development of low-carbon electricity to spur a just and equitable energy transition.
These tasks are necessary to attain the sustainable development goals set by the UN and the targets outlined in the Paris Agreement, he said, adding that the Kingdom is determined to curb emissions and give the world a fighting chance to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.