Innovation is the best to promote renewable energy

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  • World Wide Fund (WWF-Myanmar) announced yesterday that it is working to install solar panels in 1,000 houses in Kayin State and Taninthayi Region in 2018.
    In 2017, WWF carried out the project, and over 235 houses from three villages in Kayin State and Taninthayi Region have got access to solar power. Further 1000 houses would get access to solar power by 2018, according to U Shawn So Oo, Manager of the WWF-Myanmar.
    Bringing power to villages in Kayin State and Taninthayi Region might not sound like an obvious way to preserve the forest, which are declining because of illegal logging. But consider what the solar panels are replacing.
    In fact, the reduction in the consumption of fuel cuts greenhouse gases and reduces the dependency of communities on fossil fuels.
    The innovation has landed at the door of the villagers in remote communities who are looking for ways to adapt the changes. The solar panels open the door to more progress.
    These might be small steps but innovation is the best bet for villagers in remote communities.
    The WWF-Myanmar joining hands with the government has trained employees to draw plan for using clean energy for two years.
    The move is aimed at reducing greenhouse gases emission and encouraging use of renewable energy in Myanmar, according to the WWF-Myanmar.
    The use of renewable energy can reduce about 75 million tons of greenhouse gas emission annually cutting US$ 2.7 billion from consumption of fossil fuels by 2050 in the world.
    Research in 2016 shows that the ASEAN community will see a 50% increase in energy demand by 2025. The Asian bloc will have to spend an estimated US$225 billion on the measures to deal with the costs of health and pollution hazards resulting from an increase in the production of energy by 60 per cent.
    The International Renewable Energy Agency-IRENA suggested investing more in fulfilling 23 per cent of its energy needs from renewable sources so as to mitigate the risk.
    Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines have turned to biomass and solar energy systems to meet their energy demands in line with ASEAN’s guidelines for renewable energy.
    Although people have come together to promote this energy transition, there are still many challenges in realizing a society fuelled by renewable energy.
    The switch to alternative energy in the country should be carried out not only by the government, INGOs and corporations but also by local communities.
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