Myanmar Launches 20 MW BOO Solar Plant

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The build-own-operate project comprises 45,980 solar panels and utilizes a solar tracking system to maximize its capturing capacity of PV energy

In the latest ‘solar’ development in the SEA (South-East Asia) region, a 20 megawatt (MW) Taungdaw Gwin project was officially commissioned recently in Myanmar. It was a build-own-operate (BOO) project which, the developer believes, added a new chapter to the country’s sustainability and electrification efforts.

The solar plant is located on an 80.9-hectare site southeast of Kyaukse, Myit Thar Township in Myanmar. The project was developed by Green Power Energy Company Limited (GPE), a leading renewable energy developer in Myanmar.

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Notably, the Taungdaw Gwin project comprises 45,980 solar panels and utilizes a solar tracking system to maximize its capturing capacity of photovoltaic (PV) energy. Moreover, the project is expected to generate 25.1 MW of direct current or 22.9 MW of alternating current annually.

As per the company, the Taungdaw Gwin project began transmission to the National Grid on 17 November 2022. The solar energy output is connected to the Taungdaw Gwin substation (part of the national grid) via a 69.6 km 33-kV transmission line.

An environmental and social impact assessment was conducted by the company before construction. GPE noted that engagement with the local community leaders helped the company to understand the needs of the residents surrounding Taungdaw Gwin. Their team constructed and installed two overpasses measuring 20.1 metres long by 4.5 metres wide. These and other efforts have improved socio-economic benefits to the community in this otherwise harsh area which had faced challenges of accessibility during the development phase of this important project, stated the official communication.

GPE MD, U Zaw Win said: “We are proud of the successful completion of the Taungdaw Gwin solar facility. We look forward to a sustainable energy source for the future of Myanmar.

“As a partner in nation-building, GPE is deeply committed to infrastructure development and sustainability in Myanmar. This and other renewable energy projects we are involved in will increase the contribution of renewable energy to the national grid while advancing the country’s national electrification goals.”

Green Power Energy Company Limited (GPE), a subsidiary of Gold Energy Company Limited (GE), is a renewable energy developer. With the official opening of the Taungdaw Gwin project, GE’s solar energy capacity stands at 50 MW. GE is the first private company in Myanmar to be involved in hydropower.


 

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