A MINI GRID project to distribute electricity to more than 40 villages in Magway Region has initiated at a place between Chindwin and Ayeyawady rivers, according to a report of the Myawady Daily issued on Wednesday. The mini grid project, a non-profitable electrification project, is being implemented by Parami Energy Group of Company for the purpose of public welfare and regional development with the approval of Magway Region government, said its manager
U Aung Myo Shein.
Surveys for the new scheme have already been performed by the project implementing body. Solar power will mainly be used for this electrification project, which will also be worked with diesel generators.
Under the plan, power will be supplied to monasteries, hospitals, schools and government offices free of charges. However, households will be charged for electricity. The consumption of electricity in the country is growing year by year especially in industrial cities while the vast majority of rural areas are living without electricity. The country generates power from hydropower projects and from heat. According to the ministry’s official figures, the Ministry of Electricity and Energy produced over 10 billion units of power in 2012-2013 FY. It increased to over 12 billion units in 2013-2014 FY, 14 billion units in 2014-2015 FY and over 15 billion units in 2015-2016 FY. In 2016-17 FY, the power production reached more than 17 billion units.