Total Solar Distributed Generation (DG) has partnered with Canopy Power to develop a solar and battery energy storage hybrid microgrid that delivers clean energy and powers remote island Koh Rong Sanloem in Sihanoukville, Cambodia.
Construction is expected to be completed in April 2021. Canopy Power will design, procure and build the microgrid, and Total Solar DG will finance, own and operate the plant, in effect converting the island from diesel to solar-battery power.
"Electrification rate in Cambodia is relatively low and renewable energy microgrids would help to electrify the islands and remote parts of the country. We believe this microgrid at Koh Rong Sanloem will build local capabilities necessary for future deployments in Cambodia," said Sujay Malve, founder and CEO of Canopy Power.
The project will consist of a 1.25MWp ground-mounted Solar PV plant and a 2MWh battery energy storage system integrated with diesel generators and a smart controller, making it one of Southeast Asia's largest off-grid renewable energy microgrids. It will provide a stable 24-hour electricity supply at lower cost, while removing noise and air pollution from the properties and reducing island-wide diesel consumption by more than 600,000 liters per year.