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March 16, 2017 (San Diego, Calif.) iDemand Energy Storage (iDES3) has completed conceptual design of turnkey microgrid project estimated to be about $70 million to manufacture a sustainable energy battery system and supply solar modules for a master planned community in the Banteay Meanchey Province of Cambodia, about 400 miles north of Phnom Penh.
As part of the 495-acre project under development by the PVN Trading Group of Phnom Penh, iDES3 proposes to train a local workforce to build the 10 megawatt hour plant and install 5 MW of solar modules, which will be a combination of rooftop- and ground-mount arrays.
The development includes a Comfort Hotel that is already up and running, 2,000 condominium units, space for 80 to 90 retail stores of varying sizes, a school, hospital, supermarket, casino and a freight station,
“The renewable energy microgrid concept is great for communities worldwide, not just those in underdeveloped countries,” said IDES3 Chief Technical Officer Saroj Joshi, the electrical engineer who designed the microgrid. “It has zero emissions which is good for preserving the environment overall. But in areas where people do not have energy they will cut down trees for firewood. If they are provided energy, they do not have to do that anymore, a great solution for deforestation.”
Additionally, the development is expected to improve the area’s economy. “People move in, and jobs are created by the enterprises that come to serve their needs,” Joshi said.