Myanmar to increase renewable energy sources


A solar power plant built in Ngatayaw Village, Yesagyo Township (Photo-Thet Htein Win)

YONGAN, Feb 13 (Eleven Media Group/ANN) -- Myanmar is trying to increase the content of renewable energy sources by tapping all available energy sources to generate electricity, said Union Minister for Electricity and Energy Win Khaing.

As the country is blessed with solar energy, wind power and other renewable energy sources, a 40-megawatt solar power plant has been built in Minbu and the plant is distributing electricity through the national grid.

The minister stressed the need to increase employing energy sources that have little impact on the environment.

The government is trying to generate electricity covering the whole country by 2030.

In a three-year period from 2016-2017 fiscal year to 2018-2019 FY, over 11,000 kilowatt hours of hydropower electricity and around 9,000 kilowatt hours of electricity from natural gas were produced on a yearly basis, the Central Statistics Organization quoted the statement issued by the Ministry of Electricity and Energy.

Currently, the national electrification plan is being implemented with a loan of US$400 million from the World Bank. Of 63,264 villages in the country, 14,570 have access to electricity, according to the ministry.

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