The Mon district administration, in collaboration with Global Himalayan Expedition, completed the electrification of the hitherto unelectrified Shinnyu village with solar power.
Myanmar’s transition towards renewable energy sources will face near-term headwinds after the recent military coup.
It is a complex task to build new generation capacity, expand the grid, and reach customers in remote areas through other means like mini grids.
The International Finance Corporation (IFC), in association with other organizations, has arranged a $3.45 million grant to the Myanmar government as part of the Lighting Myanmar program.
Its short deadlines and awkward rules do not put off Chinese firms, however.
The government should roll out policies that encourage local developers.
More than 450,000 people in rural Myanmar are expected to gain access to clean energy for the first time following the signing of a grant agreement between the World Bank Group and the government of Myanmar.
Myanmar has effectively excluded potential foreign bidders from a major solar farm tender by imposing tough conditions, including a refusal to accept online submissions even while a COVID-19 ban on international flights has been extended.
The International Finance Corporation (IFC) is considering investing a further US$87 million in Yoma Micro Power to help Myanmar supply electricity to remote off-grid communities and reduce its carbon emissions.