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Myanmar vice president meets with Sunlabob CEO

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This week Sunlabob CEO Andy Schroeter met with Myanmar Vice President U Nyan Tun to share Sunlabob’s experiences with rural renewable energy and discuss the company’s cooperation in Myanmar, where approximately 70 percent of the population is not connected to the national grid.

The meeting, which took place during the vice president’s 3-day visit to Laos, also included Daw Khin Aye Myint, the vice president’s wife, U Maw Thar Htwe, the deputy minister of Myanmar’s Ministry of Electric Power (MOEP), U Kyaw Soe Win, the Myanmar Ambassador to Laos, as well as Mr. Somvandy Nathavong, the acting mayor of Vientiane.

With up to 40 million people without access to grid-based electricity, Myanmar currently is working toward the goal of universal electrification by 2030.

Mr. Schroeter presented Sunlabob’s 15-year history in Laos and internationally and discussed with the delegation how approaches to rural electrification can be applied in Myanmar.

“Sunlabob is honored to have the opportunity to meet with Vice President U Nyan Tun and reaffirm our message that Myanmar is in a strong position to utilize decentralized renewable energy to support the country’s electrification and development,” said Mr. Schroeter after the meeting.

Schroeter highlighted the need for long-lasting, high-quality technology combined with village-level training and business models that integrate rural communities.

Schroeter also provided an overview of how renewable energy sources – particularly decentralized solar power – can help the economic development of Myanmar, by supplying a clean, affordable source of electricity in off-grid areas where businesses and communities currently rely on expensive, dirty diesel-powered electricity.

Sunlabob opened a satellite office in Yangon, Myanmar in 2014.

Sunlabob will be presenting on related topics at the Myanmar Power Utilities Congress on 23-24 April in Yangon.