Cambodia’s utility tenders first, 60 MW, section of National Solar Park

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Cambodia’s national utility Electricité du Cambodge (EDC) has issued an invitation to bid for the construction of a 60 MW solar park in Kampong Chhnang, one of the central provinces in the country.

The project is the first phase of the 100 MW National Solar Park project that was launched in June 2017.

The Office of Public-Private Partnership of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) is transaction advisor for the project, which is supported under a technical assistance package.

The project, backed by finance from the ADB and the governments of Singapore and Canada, includes construction of a substation and a transmission interconnection system to supply power to the grid. Interested developers have until May 17 to bid.

A leap in solar capacity

The National Solar Park will be Cambodia’s second PV project and its largest. It is intended to enhance EDC’s generation capacity while adding renewable energy to its generation mix, including through technologies such as energy storage.

Cambodia has only one operational solar park, a 10 MW project by Singapore’s Sunseap in Bavet, a special economic zone of Cambodia in the Svay Rieng province, near the border with Vietnam.

Cambodia issued new rules for the integration of solar in January 2018. The country’s power demand is currently covered by hydropower and coal, which account for around 48% and 47% of generation, respectively.