Even though Cambodia has recently completed two hydropower dams, most Cambodians are still ‘off the grid’. According to the Asia Development Bank the percentage of households with an electricity connection is just 24% (2012).
Currently, 91 percent of Cambodia’s power plants are fuelled by imported light diesel and heavy fuel oil, not including the diesel it takes to fuel stand-alone generators.
The country has a great potential for wind and solar energy, but the implementation costs are too high for the larger part of the population.
Electric in Cambodia is expensive, soaring to over US$1 per kW (up to US$4 per kW when using car battery recharge stations) in some corners of the country, so try to use this luxury sparingly.
Voltage: 230 V
Frequency: 50 Hz
The most common electrical outlet type in Cambodia is ‘Type A’, and almost as common is ‘Type C’. Some outlets in Cambodia are a combination of Type A and C, and can accept either type of plug.
In some hotels you may find ‘Type G’ and occasionally you will come across ‘Type I’ outlets.
There are some nifty universal travel adapters for sale within your own country. If you find yourself stuck without, markets in Cambodia sell cheap and cheerful adapters.
Black-outs or grey-outs occur regularly in Cambodia. Usually these cuts are short lived unless caused by serious technical problems or weather related causes. Compared to other cities and towns in Cambodia, Kampot’s electric supply has a pretty good track record. We do get occasional power cut here, but these rarely last more than a couple of minutes.
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