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TotalEnergies ENEOS Signs Second Hybrid Solar and Energy Storage System for Eau Kulen, Cambodia’s First Bottled Natural Mineral Water Producer

Cambodia Investment Review

Kulara Water, a leading pure natural mineral water producer of Eau Kulen in Cambodia, has signed a long-term agreement with TotalEnergies ENEOS to provide a solar energy and energy storage solution for their new bottling facility located in Kulen district, Preah Vihear Province, Cambodia.

This is the second project for Kulara Water, who is widely recognized for its commitment to social and environmental impact as a keystone of its corporate strategy. The innovative system combines a hybrid of solar energy and battery storage, providing energy continuously.

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This includes an on-site 800 kilowatt-peak (kWp) ground-mounted solar system connected to a 1344 kilowatt-hours (kWh) battery system.

Solar energy is used during the day and excess power is stored in the batteries for use during the night. The installation of the system when completed will improve Kulara Water’s energy efficiency, reduce power costs and ensure better access to power supply.

TotalEnergies ENEOS will remain in partnership with Kulara Water for the next 15 years to ensure the safe production and storage of energy in the system.

Entering the second phase of our long-term partnership

Margaret Forey, Chairwoman of Kulara Water, said: “We are proud to announce that we have commissioned our trusted partners TotalEnergies ENEOS to design, install and operate a hybrid solar energy and energy storage system for our second bottling facility in Srayang Tbaung Village, Srayang Commune, Kulen District, Preah Vihear Province.

“We are committed to sustainable development and growth, and are happy to be entering the second phase of our long-term partnership with TotalEnergies ENEOS to leverage their innovative hybrid solar solutions,” she added.

Eau Kulen bottling facility in Cambodia.

Gavin Adda, Director of TotalEnergies ENEOS Renewables Distributed Generation Asia said: “We are delighted to be trusted by Kulara Water as the solar energy partner of choice. TotalEnergies ENEOS provides its customers peace of mind from a technical, financial, and commercial perspective.

“As a leading solar service provider for commercial and industrial businesses, we look forward to supporting companies like Kulara Water to use our global experts of tailor-made renewable solutions for any business energy needs and drive down their carbon footprint, making manufacturing more sustainable,” he added.

Ambition to get to net zero by 2050

Cambodia has a ‘huge potential’ for expanding its solar energy sector as it looks to transition its energy mix away from fossil fuels, according to Natharoun Ngo Son, country director for Energy Lab, who was speaking at an event hosted by the European Chamber of Commerce (EuroCham).

The Cambodian government has committed to reaching carbon neutrality by 2050, an ambition which is made more challenging due to expected economic growth in the Kingdom.

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TotalEnergies ENEOS Renewables Distributed Generation is a 50/50 joint venture between TotalEnergies and ENEOS to develop onsite B2B solar distributed generation across Asia. It is headquartered in Singapore with a plan to develop 2 GW of decentralized solar capacity over the next five years.

As part of its ambition to get to net zero by 2050, TotalEnergies is building a portfolio of activities in renewables and electricity. At the end of June 2022, TotalEnergies’ gross renewable electricity generation installed capacity is close to 12 GW.

TotalEnergies will continue to expand this business to reach 35 GW of gross production capacity from renewable sources and storage by 2025, and then 100 GW by 2030 with the objective of being among the world’s top 5 producers of electricity from wind and solar energy.

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