Cambodia’s Solar Market Assessment for Climate Resilient Social Services

A nationwide Solar Market Assessment Report is released for UNICEF Cambodia to gear up on the implementation of climate resilient programmes in schools and HCFs


With the regional collaboration between the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT) Australia and UNICEF, the Solar Market Assessment for Cambodia was finalized in January 2024 to promote climate-resilient social services in the country. 

This assessment/investment case estimates the number of Health Care Facilities (including water supply), Schools (including water supply), and water systems for rural communities that are currently off-grid and the costs associated with providing them with stand-alone solar-powered systems. According to the report, providing the 242 healthcare facilities across the country with stand-alone solar-powered systems and water pumping would require an investment of $8 million. The estimated 2,813 education facilities would require an investment of $78 million to reach full electrification, including solar water pumping for the facilities and their neighboring populations. Irrespective of whether a facility exists within a community, providing the estimated 3 million people currently living in rural areas who would benefit from solar water pumping access with those systems, an investment of $25 million is required. The environmental benefit of achieving universal electricity access for these facilities, along with water pumping over the lifetime of the project could result in the reduction of 732,401 tons of CO2 equivalent.  

The report also suggests possible solutions and management approaches to ensure long-term sustainability.

UNICEF, INENSUS, Australian Aid
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