Amru Rice will begin piloting the use of solar energy in its warehouses, the first time ever in Cambodia that the rice mill has been equipped with the solar energy system.
The piloting of this solar energy system will be conducted soon at the Emru rice mill located in Bos Veng village, Sala Visay commune, Prasat Balang district, Kampong Thom province. The solar system is installed on the roof of the paddy warehouse on the coverage area of more than 10 hectares with a capacity of 262 kilowatts peak (KWP).
According to Mr. Kann Kunthy, Vice President of Amru Rice Company, the piloting of the solar energy system will be carried out through the Build Operate Transfer (BOT) project between Amru Rice and Total Company.
The project is that Amru hasn’t had to pay on the operation, but we (Amru) have provided a place for the installation, and we just buy the power from the supplier within a certain time frame,” Mr. Kunthy added. “Once the company (Total Company) receives the full amount of money from the sale of energy through this solar system, the installation of the solar power system will be ours (Amru).Mr. Kann Kunthy, Vice President of Amru Rice Company
This solar energy system is installed in synchronizing with the state electricity with the permission from the Electricity of Cambodia (EDC), which means not a separate use.
Mr. Kan Kunthy said that the use of solar energy system will help boost the rice sector in the production cost, such as shorter spending time in milling as well as drying rice, and push the production line to meet the needs of local and international market demand, while sometimes the outage of electricity will affect the entire production line.
On the other hand, the use of renewable energy (solar energy) is not as polluting as the use of coal; this renewable energy will help reduce greenhouse gas and carbon dioxide emissions.
In addition, the use of solar energy systems also meets the seventh goal of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which provide affordable and environmentally friendly energy. Coal emissions emit about 60 percent of the world’s greenhouse gases. Therefore, the use of solar energy systems in the rice sector not only help the supplies energy on demand, but also help to save the earth.
In the future, this solar energy project will be able to expand its potential even more as the demand for electricity in the rice sector in Cambodia is increasing as the world is very concerned on climate change, which is a factor that requires the participation of the all.