The SWITCH to Solar Project

The SWITCH to Solar Project
The SWITCH to Solar project, funded by the European Union (EU) through the SWITCH-Asia Program and Czech Development Agency (CzDA), is a 4-year project that kicked off in May-2020 and will through 2024. The project is implemented by People in Need (PIN), in partnership with Sevea and EnergyLab.
SWITCH's Aim
The project will promote production patterns in the Cambodian agri-fishery sector with a focus on agro-processing by encouraging (MSMEs) to adopt solar solutions; and fostering replication through demonstration and access to finance. Awareness raising on sustainable production will also be promoted, policy dialogues will be organised, line ministries will be involved in demonstrations about sustainable production practices and interactions between MSMEs and financial intermediaries will be supported.
Making The SWITCH
SWITCH to Solar’s main objective will be achieved by reducing the environmental impacts of MSMEs energy consumption and generating green employment opportunities. More specifically, the project aims to improve production patterns and behaviours in rural areas of Cambodia by supporting MSMEs to switch from unsustainable energy to solar energy sources. Approximately 1,140,000 women, men and children across 6 provinces and 15 districts in the Tonle Sap region will benefit from greater economic opportunities at the local level, a more sustainable natural environment, and greater access to environmentally-friendly products and services from target MSMEs.
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What is the process from beginning to end?

Identify key gaps in the market in terms of unsustainable production practices of MSMEs in the Tonle Sap Region.

Evaluate the priority value chains in crop production, livestock, and aquaculture where solar energy solutions can be introduced.

Establish synergies among solar technology providers (STP) willing to support beneficiaries in the region.

Establish demonstration sites to spread awareness, encourage behaviour change, and eventual uptake of solutions; marketing techniques for STPs to further enhance business models and establish more sustainable routes to market.

Tailored support programs through technical capacity building and access to finance.

Continued support to STPs and MSMEs to continue using sustainable solar solutions for productive use in the agri-fishery sector.

Our Regions

The plan for each region is to identify at least 15 targeted districts in the 5 provinces around Tonle Sap for intervention; will include establishment of demonstrations sites and targeted beneficiaries for uptake of solar energy solutions for productive use.

Phnom Penh

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Battambang

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Kampong Chhnang

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Kampong Thom

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Pursat

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Siem Reap

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Total Accross 5 provinces:

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MSMEs

in the agri-/fishery sector across key sub-sectors

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STPs

and entrepreneurs in Cambodia and regionally

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Retailers

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Financial Intermediaries

Final beneficiaries (indirect and direct): Approximately 1,140,000 women, men, and children across 6 provinces and 15 districts in the Tonle Sap region will (directly and indirectly) benefit from greater economic opportunities at the local level, a more sustainable natural environment, and greater access to environmentally-friendly products and services from targeted MSMEs.

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