Factory Solar Experiment Disappointing

Phnom Penh: While the Royal Government of Cambodia encourages the use of renewable energy in factories, the results of a solar powered experiment have proved disappointing, according to the secretary general of the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia.

According to the secretary-general, the use of solar or solar power did not reduce energy costs, so maybe Cambodian factories will not use solar energy for production. “After the Garment Manufacturers’ Association building installed a solar system, the cost was still high,” he said. “There will be no factories implementing (solar power). “

He said the value of EAC (solar energy) was not good and did not encourage much use. The cost was still higher than EDC (electric power). The price of EAC must be re-evaluated to be lower than the EDC. However, EDC can not be cut off because the EAC can not supply enough of 100% of demand. Obviously, at night, or during heavy rains, power from EDC is needed to replace EAC, as solar panels can not meet the demand. “

He acknowledged that using renewable energy, such as solar power reduces environmental pollution and helps the environment, but, as mentioned, factories can not be cut off from EDC’s power use.

However, he also urged garment factories to try to use EAC’s power to make it easier to negotiate with buyers, who wish to see renewable energy used to help the environment.

He added that currently, the cost of energy used in the garment manufacturing lines in Cambodia is high in neighbouring countries, and wages of factory workers are higher than in some countries in the region, so it is also a challenge for the Cambodian garment sector.

Such green energy projects are being implemented while the Royal Government of Cambodia is pushing for more investment in electric power through renewable energy.

Currently, the electricity consumed in Cambodia comes from coal, hydroelectric, other fuel and renewable sources.


4 thoughts on “Factory Solar Experiment Disappointing

  • November 29, 2018 at 10:14 am

    This must be a case of a poorly designed solar system. There are many ways a system designer can go wrong, e.g. inverter-panels MPPT mismatch (especially when the panels are facing different directions), inappropriate cable sizes, inverter sizing, module selection etc. We have worked on many solar projects in Cambodia and all of them have guaranteed lower electricity prices than EDC. Besides, there are large solar plants in the Coca Cola factory, International School of Phnom Penh etc which are running efficiently without complains.

    Cambodia has one of the BEST solar potential in the WORLD. Let’s not get one plant (which probably suffers from poor design) give solar energy a bad name.

  • November 30, 2018 at 7:54 am

    The writer and editor don’t even have basic knowledge of the subject matter. They don’t even know what EAC is. This is not a correct article, but misleading.

  • February 7, 2019 at 10:49 am

    I think when storage batteries become widely available and affordable, solar will be widely use.


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