Ru­ral vil­lages to get JICS funded so­lar mi­cro­grids

Mizzima Business Weekly - - CONTENTS -

AJa­panese gov­ern­ment de­vel­op­ment agency will fund so­lar mi­cro­grids in 11 vil­lages in Myan­mar, with ru­ral in­fras­truc­ture and of­f­grid so­lar com­pany Sun­labob set to de­velop them, the web­site re­ported on 9 Oc­to­ber.

Funded by Ja­pan In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion Sys­tem (JICS), which as­sists de­vel­op­ing coun­tries in procur­ing goods and ser­vices as part of the Ja­panese gov­ern­ment’s wider de­vel­op­ment pro­grammes, the mi­cro­grids have been co­or­di­nated by the Depart­ment of Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment within Myan­mar’s Min­istry of Live­stock, Fish­eries and Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to Sun­labob, ac­cess to grid elec­tric­ity across the coun- try is still only at 30%, es­ti­mated to be as low as 4% in more ru­ral ar­eas. The firm opened of­fices there in mid-2014 and pre­vi­ously worked with Yan­gon-based sus­tain­able en­ergy firm Relitic.

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