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Myanmar team provides solar product training


Sunlabob’s Myanmar team recently provided a hands-on solar training session in Yangon for a group of field staff preparing for a rural energy access initiative led by Mercy Corps, an international non-governmental organization and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The initiative, titled “Affordable Technology Innovations for Rural Communities” is targeting 100 rural communities in Shan, Mon and Kayin states that are not connected to the national electric grid.

Sunlabob presented an array of “pico” solar products designed for use by village households and small businesses including solar-charged lithium batteries, high-efficiency light-emitting diode (LED) lighting, and DC-compatible appliances such as fans and USB phone charging.

Through the initiative, Yangon-based suppliers, such as Sunlabob, as well as local-level distributors and retail sales agents will be connected to establish a distribution network that will enable rural communities to buy products such as solar lighting and batteries, and clean cookstoves at affordable prices through installment plans.

“Mercy Corps and UNDP are helping fill a critical gap between the businesses selling renewable energy products and the people in rural, remote areas in need of such solutions,” said Evan Scandling, the managing director of Sunlabob’s Myanmar office. “This initiative is a welcome addition, as market facilitation like this will be an important ingredient to the growth of village-level renewable energy in Myanmar.”