The Cambodia Daily is an independent newspaper published six days a week in Phnom Penh. It was established to provide a foundation for a free press in Cambodia and to train a new generation of journalists. Its founder and publisher is a veteran American journalist who covered Cambodia in the 1960s for Newsweek and saw an opportunity to help the fledgling democracy by launching a newspaper here after the U.N.-supervised elections of 1993.
Why did you decide to buy a solar roof from Kamworks?
Douglas Steele, General Manager of The Cambodian Daily:
"We have a very high electricity bill and I wanted to save on it. Also, I am concerned how climate change will impact Cambodia. So I decided to act. The Kamworks team came to measure the space so they could design the solar roof. They have a lot of experience. They also looked where we could connect the solar panels to the existing electric system. It went very smoothly.
We are very satisfied with Kamworks. Firstly, because the Kamworks team are specialists. But we also like that Kamworks is not like any other solar company: They care about the rural people in Cambodia and have developed many solar products for them such as the solar home systems."
How much can you save with the solar roof installed by Kamworks?
"I keep track of our electricity expenses. Compared to last year, with the solar, we now save around one third (33%) of our electricity bill. The payback time is about 3,5 to 4 years. After the solar roof is paid off, the electricity from the roof is for free. And it is also clean with no pollution. I would recommend Kamworks, they are the solar specialists."
Mark Straver, Design & Lifecycle Manager of Lightsource Renewable Energy (Europe's Leading Solar Energy Company):
Lightsource Renewable Energy, one of the largest developer and operator of PV systems worldwide, has achieved an unrivalled track record in the installation of both ground mount and rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) projects - having deployed more than £2 billion of solar assets
Genesis of the project
In order to share the benefits we have realised not only within the UK, Lightsource is heavily involved in supporting also the less developed areas of our world and raises money for charity for the benefit of children in the Koh Krolor area of Cambodia. Next to raising money, Lightsource has committed to build a 10kWp off-grid solar PV system on the roof of a school building. This system includes batteries and will provide electricity to power computers, sewing machines, lights and fans.
Why did you decide to work with Kamworks?
Even with our extensive experience back home, finding the right partners to work with locally is key. Good installers are the ones that feel like an extension of our own team - Kamworks understands us and appreciated the unique nature of this project.
How did the installation go?
We are very proud of the work carried out in the village of Koh Krolor and we are delighted to have helped provide a resource that can bring a positive change to the lives of the people living there.
What has been your experience with Kamworks so far?
Kamworks have been very professional in the way they have approached the installation of this system. They have worked hard in order to meet the deadlines and pro-actively pursued solutions for the challenges we have faced along the way.
Would you recommend Kamworks?
Yes, I can recommend them.