JJ-Pun to bring 100 more Com­mu­nity Light Cen­tres to Myan­mar

Mizzima Business Weekly - - DEVELOPMEN­T// NEWS -

On Fe­bru­ary 2, JJ-Pun un­veiled a new Cor­po­rate So­cial Re­spon­si­bil­ity (CSR) ini­tia­tive, which plans to bring so­lar light­ing to 100 ru­ral off-grid vil­lages in 2016, in or­der to help lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties. The ini­tia­tive builds on Myan­mar’s suc­cess­ful first Com­mu­nity Light Cen­tre in Ngar Zinyine vil­lage (Tada-U), which has been in op­er­a­tion since last Oc­to­ber, the com­pany said in a press re­lease.

“Com­mu­nity Light Cen­tres” (CLC’s) are ar­eas of ap­prox­i­mately 1,000 square me­ters, the size of a small soc­cer pitch, il­lu­mi­nated us­ing a new gen­er­a­tion of highly ef­fi­cient so­lar pow­ered LED light­ing. Ini­ti­ated by Philips Light­ing in Africa, the ini­tia­tive has set up over one hun­dred such cen­tres through­out the African con­ti­nent in the last year alone.

Build­ing on the suc­cess story of Philips in Africa, and see­ing the great po­ten­tial af­ter in­stalling Myan­mar’s very first Com­mu­nity Light Cen­tre in Up­per Myan­mar, JJ-Pun is now look­ing for part­ners to bring th­ese so­lar light­ing sys­tems to an ad­di­tional one hun­dred off-grid com­mu­ni­ties in Myan­mar.

“Each Com­mu­nity Light Cen­tre will come as a com­plete pack­age, con­sist­ing of ex­clu­sively pre­mium and sus­tain­able tech­nol­ogy parts, that will en­sure the sys­tems are run­ning smoothly for many years to come.” said Saw Min Htet, Depart­ment Head for Light­ing So­lu­tions and Ca­ble Tech­nol­ogy at JJ-Pun.

To­day, a full 84 per­cent of house­holds in ru­ral Myan­mar have no light af­ter night­fall, which puts se­ri­ous con­straints on the lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties of th­ese ar­eas. Hav­ing light­ing af­ter dark can not only help to im­prove over­all safety for vil­lagers, it can also act as mo­tor to lessen so­cial lim­i­ta­tions and eco­nomic con­straints, help­ing ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties in their au­ton­o­mous de­vel­op­ment ef­forts.

The Com­mu­nity Light Cen­tre Ini­tia­tive there­fore tar­gets to sup­port thou­sands of th­ese ru­ral house­holds, by light­ing up pub­lic places in each vil­lage cen­tre dur­ing night-time, en­abling the lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties to ef­fec­tively use the ar­eas and their sur­round­ings af­ter sun­set. “There’s a wide range of pos­si­ble us­ages, from lo­cal soc­cer tour­na­ments and cul­tural events, to small mar­ket ac­tiv­i­ties, as well as education ses­sions and or­ga­ni­za­tional meet­ings. All of th­ese ac­tiv­i­ties can help to bring th­ese com­mu­ni­ties closer to­gether, as they all share a com­mon space that is avail­able to ev­ery­one af­ter dark.” noted Ju­lian Stefan, Mar­ket­ing & Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Man­ager at JJ-Pun.

“We fully be­lieve in this pro­ject and in the great op­por­tu­ni­ties Com­mu­nity Light Cen­tres can bring for Myan­mar’s ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties. That is why we’re very proud to al­ready have a solid group of ded­i­cated part­ners on board, sup­port­ing this ini­tia­tive.” said Philipp Hoff­mann, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of JJ-Pun.

With the im­por­ta­tion process of all re­quired ma­te­rial well on its way and po­ten­tial lo­ca­tions for the Com­mu­nity Light Cen­tres se­cured, the first in­stal­la­tions are planned to start mid-year. Un­til then, the ini­tia­tive will look for ad­di­tional sup­port­ing mem­bers, in­ter­ested in join­ing the pro­ject, in or­der to help im­prove the qual­ity of life for peo­ple liv­ing off the elec­tric­ity grid.

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