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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Aspect of the Solar Plant over the Social Communication Section Building of the Don Bosco Technical School in Sihanoukville Province. The first grid connected solar plant of Cambodia.

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The Cambodian cities

  • In 2013 the Cambodian population reached 15,135,169 persons, 270,523 persons more than 2012.
  • 51.20 % of Cambodians are girls and women (7,749,493) and the male population is 48.79 % (7,385,676 boys and men.)
  • The Cambodian population density is moderate: 84 persons per square kilometer.
  • The real Cambodian city by number of population (more than 750,000 persons) is Phnom Penh. 
  • The other main cities out of Phnom Penh in order of population are Battambang, Siem Reap, Ta Kmau and Kampong Cham.

Phnom Penh still being the only real urban conglomerate of Cambodia with a population of 2,2 million persons. In 2008 it was 1.9 million, meaning an increase of 30,000 persons in the space of 7 years – the entire population of Kep Province – with an annual growth of 4%. If Cambodia has a moderate density of 84 persons per square kilometer, it is not the same in Phnom Penh with 5,358 persons per sq km. The boundaries of the city has been also modified in four stages by adding territory of Kandal, the province that surrounds the capital entirely: Dangkor District, creation of Khan Russey Keo, integration of 4 villages from Kanthork Commune and 20 communes from 5 districts of Kandal (Phnom Penh Municipality, 2014)

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A view of modern Phnom Penh. Its annual growth is 4%. Between 2008 and 2013 it has added 30,000 persons, the entire population of Kep Province. Photo Commons Wikimedia.

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Motorcrossing for Cambodian helmets in Sihanoukville

Here is our first video on the ISeeCambodia’s campaign for helmets and safety on the national roads. The proposal is to show the situation and to move the Cambodian youth to increase their own worry to spread the message. Send your video clips’ links in Youtube and we can publish in this blog. You can entitle your video as “Motorcrossing for Cambodian helmets” and show the situation in a short video wherever you are.

The Sihanokville symbol

Tao Pi Sihanoukville July 2014 by Leito Rango

The Tao Pi Monument in July 2014. Photo by Chan Bora.

Aspect of the renovated Tao Pi Monument in Sihanoukville (Two Lions Square.) The public administration includes new lights around the roundabout, redesigned the gardens – well… practically removed the gardens and put tiles – and gave more visibility to this monument that represents Sihanoukville. They mean the Royal Family of King Norodom Sihanoukville, the founder of the city that was the first big urban project to open the doors of Cambodia for international trade after the French colony. The construction of the only international sea port of the Kingdom began in 1955 in a jungled area that today is the 4th Cambodian city after Phnom Penh, Battambang and Siem Reap. King Norodom Sihanouk passed away on October 15, 2012 in Beijing. This month Cambodia marks the second anniversary of the Father of the Nation that has his perpetual memory in this port city.

Official visit to journalists’ school in Sihanoukville

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HE Ao Saren with Fr. Ly Samnang and other representatives of the Sihanoukville Department of Information at the Don Bosco Social Communication and Journalism Section on July 2, 2014. Photo Courtesy CEN.

Sihanoukville. HE Ao Saren, Director of the Sihanouk Province Department of Information, paid a visit to the Social Communication and Journalism Section of the Don Bosco Technical School yesterday (07.02.2014) with all his team, including official media representatives for press, radio and television. The official was welcomed by Fr. Samnang (Albeiro Rodas), Fr. Eugene Xalxo, Don Bosco Sihanoukville Headmaster Mr. Ouch Sambo, Social Communication Manager King Mao, teachers, volunteers and students. Continue reading

Planning a travel to Cambodia

The boy and the ox in Siem ReapI am not a tourist agency and for this reason I have the duty to give some advices to those who want to plan a trip to Cambodia. Although this country seems small in the map, actually it’s not too small and it has more things than what you can imagine. Actually the official slogan “Kingdom of Wonder” is rather exact. Let us see some advices for your travel to our dear country. Continue reading

Cambodia since 1999, a video documentary

I share this video documentary by Teleantioquia about Cambodia. It is in Spanish, but you can understand most of the story. We are doubling it in Khmer and English… coming soon. A good resume of what is Cambodia, its history, Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, Kampot, Kep and Sihanoukville and how I see Cambodia since 1999.

Albeiro Rodas in Cambodia – Part 1, Teleantioquia, 2014.

Albeiro Rodas in Cambodia – Part 2, Teleantioquia, 2014.

Albeiro Rodas in Cambodia – Part 3, Teleantioquia, 2014.

Albeiro Rodas in Cambodia – Part 4, Teleantioquia, 2014.