4000 villages now have access to solar grids
Myanmar Times, 26 Nov 2018
The government said its solar electrification project has allowed almost 200,000 households to access power supply over the last two years.
Over 4000 villages and 180,000 households have been electrified during two years of five-year solar electrification project implemented by the agriculture ministry’s Department of Rural Development (DRD), U Sai Thura Kyaw, director of that department, told The Myanmar Times.
Within the next 15 years, it aims to electrify around another 500,000 households through solar power, with the goal of supporting those families in remote regions and those without access to the national grid.
This solar power scheme started in 2016 and will last until 2021, according to the National Electrification Plan (NEP).
NEP has two components, with DRD carrying out one part and another one led by the Ministry of Electricity and Energy (MOEE). Both projects are funded by the World Bank, amounting to US$400 million. MOEE received US$310 million while DRD secured the remaining $90 million.
In the fiscal year 2016-17, a total of 2708 villages (around 90,000 households) gained access to solar-powered mini-grids. The following year targeted 1366 villages, the director explained. With three years to go under the plan, Italy has provided an interest-free loan of €30 million for electrifying Chin State.
The department is carrying out to supply electricity to Southern Shan State with the help of KfW, German government-owned development bank. It expects to supply electricity to the entire country by 2030 with the government’s budget, foreign loans and other assistance, U Sai Thura Kyaw added.