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First commercial solar power plant launched in Myanmar

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi last week launched the first phase of Myanmar’s first commercial solar-power plant in Minbu, Magwe Region, adding 40MW of power to the national grid. The Minbu Solar Power Plant project, which will be completed in four phases, will have the capacity to generate 170MW of power and produce […]

To electrify myanmar, build the grid from the outside in

Kin Cho has been selling bottled petrol to passing motorists in central Myanmar for over a decade. Each liter costs roughly $1, and she sells about four on a good day. Now that her village is hooked up to reliable electricity, she bought an electric fuel dispenser. She now makes $20 a day from petrol […]

Solar power lighting up homes in Myanmar

Of the 630 million people who live in Southeast Asia, over 100 million do not have access to electricity. They live, as the phase goes, “off-the-grid,” a plight that is even more acute in Myanmar, where, according to some estimates, 70 percent of the population has no electricity. Providing them with energy access is not […]

IFC report recommends alternatives to high-risk Myitsone

A government-sponsored study warned against restarting the highly controversial Myitsone dam and recommended alternatives to develop the country’s hydropower sector. The final version of the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of the hydropower sector, supported by the energy and environment ministries and authored by the International Finance Corporation, has been published. The SEA involved a range […]

Myanmar to make electric buses

Modulo electric buses will be manufactured locally under a partnership between No 1 Heavy Industry Enterprise from the Ministry of Industry, Green Power Myanmar Co Ltd, and Csepel Holding Limited of Hungary. The Myanmar Times interviewed U Tin Maung Kyin, CEO of Green Power Myanmar Co Ltd regarding the implementation plans. Production is planned to […]

Minbu solar power project commences in time for summer 2019

A 170MW solar power plant in Minbu Township, Magwe Region, will start producing electricity in time for summer next year, said U Lin Naing Oo, business development department general manager of GEP (Myanmar) Co Ltd. The Thailand-based company is investing US$297 million in the solar project, which is Myanmar’s first. Electricity generated from the plant […]

130 MW solar project announced in Myanmar

Thailand-based Modern Energy Management (MEM) says it has teamed up with an undisclosed investor to develop a 130 MWp solar PV project in Myanmar. It is expected to come online in Q4 2019. Overall, the country is said to have a large-scale solar pipeline totaling 1.5 GW. The renewable energy advisory firm will reportedly help […]

Myanmar urged to tap green power

Given that nearly 70 per cent of the population in Myanmar lacks access to electricity, the government must optimise its abundant natural resources to implement green energy projects in order to solve its power crisis, says Shoon So Oo, energy programme manager at World Wildlife Fund Myanmar. “For Myanmar’s economy to go further, we must […]

Yoma Strategic’s Myanmar project nets funding from International Finance Corp

THE World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) is taking a stake in a Yoma Strategic Holdings project to power rural communities, the mainboard-listed Yoma Strategic said on Tuesday. The IFC is set to hold a 30 per cent interest in Yoma Micro Power, a joint-venture company that builds, owns and runs solar- and diesel-powered […]

As the World Moves to Renewable Energy, Myanmar Will Follow

YANGON — The government has been pushing plans for coal-fired power plants to address Myanmar’s great need for electricity. Renewable energy expert Hans-Josef Fell talks about how Myanmar can develop its energy plan. Fell is a former parliamentarian in Germany and the current president of the Berlin-based Energy Watch Group. The Myanmar government has been […]