Cambodia’s economy is growing fast, and so is its demand for energy. Decisions made today regarding sources of fuel and power generation will determine whether or not this ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) member country will set itself on a path of sustainable energy and development, or increase its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and exacerbate climate change.
Twenty-six bidders submitted proposals to develop a 60 megawatt (MW) solar power project to state-owned Electricite du Cambodge (EDC) in September. The average bid price set a record low for Southeast Asia, which should persuade neighboring governments to embrace auctions, according to the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Thailand private equity company Prime Road Alternative Co. Ltd. reportedly submitted the lowest bid.