Myanmar told to exploit more solar, wind resources

Myanmar is moving to exploit solar and wind energy, but experts said such attempts must be stepped up to smoothen the country’s development. Soe Soe Ohn, director of the national electrification project at the Rural Development Department, said solar energy offered high potential particularly in rural electrification. Some homes are equipped with solar panels and more are in the pipeline to increase off-grid supply. “According to our national plan, off-grid electrification for this fiscal year will focus on households, rural health centres, schools, religious buildings and rural street lights. “To meet the target, solar system plays a key role,” she said at the Myanmar Green Energy Summit last week. Under phase 1 of the national energy plan 2016-21, 461,000 households in Sagaing, Ayeyarwady and Thanintharyi regions as well as Kayin, Chin, Rakhine and Shan states will be electrified by solar systems. 

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