First Large Grid Connected Solar Energy in Cambodia
- 386 solar panels on 2 roofs of Don Bosco Technical School in Sihanoukville, the first large grid connected solar energy in Cambodia.
- It costs 130,000 Euros mainly financed by Finland.
- Electricity of Cambodia accepted that surplus should enter the national grid, becoming the first experience of that kind in the country.
Solar energy is becoming a good alternative for a country like Cambodia and its growing development. Cambodia has to important most of his power from neighbouring countries like Thailand and Vietnam. Producing its own energy would be a key for its own development. Solar energy is not only a good solution but it goes along with the growing needs for a friendly environment system.
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On the morning of December 8, 2014, the Don Bosco Technical School board celebrated the full installation of 386 solar panels on 2 roofs of the school and 800 mts sq. area to become the largest grid connected solar energy project in Cambodia.
The project becomes not only a good solution for the running expenses of a social oriented educational project like Don Bosco Cambodia, dedicated to educate children and young people from poverty, but also a model to establish a new legislation in the country to motivate solar energy factories in big scales to solve the energy needs of the country.
“I wrote a letter to His Excellency the Prime Minister Hun Sen asking his intercession to obtain the grant to allow excess electricity to flow into the national grid and this was granted by the council of Ministers No. 1655 on October 2013 and the highest authorities of Electricite du Cambodge gave permission of synchronizing our solar system with the voltage network of EDC Sihanouk Ville,” declared Don Bosco Sihanoukville’s rector, Fr. John Visser, who led the Project.
The project EEP 4 – C – 040 was signed on 4 April 2014 and the budget was of 130,000 Euros (about US$ 170,000), EEP provided 50.5% and other partner that wants to remain anonymous 49.5%.
“The work proceeded by laying the mountain structure on the roof tiles; the laying and connecting of the 386 solar panels, the putting on the 16 inverters and laying a cable of 400 meters from the solar panel source to the point where the electricity of the municipality enters the school compound. All this work was done by the teachers and students of the Don Bosco Technical School, first instructed and then supervised by Mr. Michael Restivo, an American expert on solar and a volunteer with Don Bosco and Miss. Veronique Lim from Kamworks Company.” (John Visser, 2014)
This is not, however, the first solar plant of Don Bosco in Cambodia. The first was installed in 2012 at the Don Bosco Technical School in Kep Province with more than 130 solar panels that provide power to the school.