Solar power to be installed in 51 villages in Tachileik

Officials are attempting to carry out the rural electricity access by solar power system in Tachilek Township. Photo: Myint Mohe (Tachileik)
Officials are attempting to carry out the rural electricity access by solar power system in Tachilek Township. Photo: Myint Mohe (Tachileik)

As the rural power supply project continues to be installed outside the power grid system, new solar power will be made available in 51 villages in Tachileik Township in the 2018-2019 fiscal year.
The Rural Development Department is carrying out the rural electricity access project, financed by World Bank loans. Only 48 villages registered to install solar power during this fiscal year. Now, the number of villages has increased to 51 in Tachilek Township, according to the Rural Development Department in Tachileik Township.
“We are working to enable access to electricity through the installation of household solar systems and micro power line systems in the no-electricity supply regions,” said U Zaw Moe.
Officials from the Rural Development Department are conducting field inspections to install solar power in Tachileik Township during the first week of October.
Villagers can choose between 60 and 100 watt systems. Home owners will have to pay Ks 50,000 for a 60 watt system and Ks 150,000 for a 100 watt system, and solar panels will be installed, depending upon their choice.
Currently, some 470 homes are registered for 100 watt solar power systems, while 727 homes are registered to have 60 watt solar power systems installed in the villages.
Under the electricity supply to rural area project in Tachileik, 97 villages have been connected to electricity during the 2016-2017 fiscal year, along with 17 villages in the 2017-2018 fiscal year. Now, the department will install solar power in 51 villages during the 2018-2019 fiscal year.—Myint Mohe (Tachileik) (Translated by Hay Mar)

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