Pakokku villages to receives solar power system

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Solar power system installed at a village in Pakokku Township, Magway Region. 
Photo: Than Lwin

Five villages located 10 miles from the nearest connection to the national grid in Pakokku Township, Magway Region, will receive one-house solar power systems installed using K100 million from the 2018-2019 FY, according to the township’s Rural Development Department.
The villages are Myingyun, Thaphanpin, Nhone Poet, Gawanlay Taing, and Kyun Pulu. Installation will begin on the last week of September.
Each household in the five villages will receive either a 60W or 100W system depending on their needs. The price for a 60W solar panel and related accessories is K50,000 while the price for the 100W package is K150,000, and they are collected as public funds.
According to the township’s rural development head Daw Kyi Kyi Mar, if more than 30 per cent of the households have them installed, then public spaces such as roads, schools, clinics and religious buildings will receive them for free.
Daw Kyi Kyi Mar said the local residents only have to pay a quarter of the price for a solar panel installation. She said the 535 houses will install 60W (163 units) or 100W (372 units) while three primary schools, one high school, two clinics, forty-nine street lights and eight religious buildings will receive them for free. —Than Lwin
(Translated by Zaw Htet Oo)

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