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Solar tender deadline extended, but grave problems remain

The extension of a deadline for a long-awaited tender for on-grid solar power from one to two months is unlikely to mute criticism about its tricky terms. By THOMAS KEAN | FRONTIER The Ministry of Electricity and Energy has responded to criticism over its controversial 1060-megawatt solar power tender, extending the bid deadline by a […]

Tackling Myanmar’s climate crisis with solar

The ASEAN Post recently published an article on extreme climate in Myanmar and its threat to the locals, agriculture, ecosystems and more. It is said that Myanmar is one of the most vulnerable countries at risk of climate crisis. Extreme droughts and flooding in recent years and cyclones such as Nargis have affected millions of […]

Solar mini-grids to take off in Myanmar, support electrification ambitions

Solar mini-grids in Myanmar are expected to take off as the private sector sees solar energy as a potentially commercially viable solution in Myanmar’s journey towards full electrification. With a US$1.6 million mini-grid installed, more than a thousand households on the island of Yesagyo in Magway Region were connected to electricity for the first time […]

Solar mini-grid brings power to Yesagyo’s community

Parami Energy connected 1442 households to the newly-launched mini-grid mid-December with plans to expand the coverage to more than 4000 households Magway’s Yesagyo. The first phase of the solar mini-grid has a 288-kilowatt peak capacity and involves US$1.6 million of investment in total. The renewable off-grid system received 60 percent of capital cost funding from […]

Solar could lower power costs for local business, IFC study reveals

Distributed solar solutions can help businesses in Myanmar bring down their power costs and climate impacts, a study by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) reveals. The study estimates that there are more than 700 megawatts worth of potential commercial and industrial solar projects in Myanmar, which is equivalent to around 10 percent of the country’s […]

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 […]