Cambodia Looks to Solar Power, But Remains Invested in Coal, Hydropower

The Ministry of Mines and Energy on Tuesday said it was looking to quadruple its current installed solar power output, even while continuing to invest in coal-fired plants and hydropower on smaller tributaries.

In the brief report obtained by VOA Khmer on Tuesday, the ministry is looking to invest in renewable energy, and continue ongoing investments in traditional power sources, largely in a bid to reduce the amount of energy imported from neighboring countries.

Victor Jona, a spokesperson at the Ministry of Mines and Energy, said Cambodia had decided to halt hydropower construction on mainstream Mekong River until 2030, but the possibilities of building dams on river tributaries are still being studied, such as the 190MW dam on the Sekong River in Stung Treng province.

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