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Renewable Energy Rural Electrification in Cambodia

The Government of Cambodia aims at providing grid-quality electricity to 70% of the rural population by 2030.

The objective of the project was to develop and evaluate renewable energy (RE) options for this electrification effort. Specifically, the project intended to:

  • Assess and map RE resources (biomass, wind, solar, mini-hydro and micro-hydro)
  • Evaluate the potential contribution of these resources
  • Identify major clusters of villages where RE supply could be established
  • Estimate the market potential of RE in rural electricity markets
  • Propose policy interventions and an enabling institutional framework, in line with the national rural electrification and RE master plans
  • Conduct feasibility studies and demonstration projects in the selected clusters
  • Propose pricing options for RE-based rural electricity generation, both on-grid and off-grid
  • Generate a pipeline of RE projects which could be facilitated for private financing by local, ASEAN and European investors.

The project was implemented by the Cambodian Research Center for Development (Cambodia), Risoe National Laboratory (Denmark), Centre Research Agronomique-Wallonie (Belgium), and Emerging Power Partners (Finland). The project is co-financed by the EC-ASEAN Energy Facility.

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