ABB partners with Pact Myanmar to solar power rural villages

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ABB is planning to partner with Pact Myanmar for establishing solar battery charging stations in the Tada Oo township of Mandalay, Central Myanmar.

ABB will provide financial support to the villages to purchase photovoltaic equipment at the community level.

The charging stations will be operated by women’s groups in remote villages and the generated power from the stations will be sold back to communities itself.

The project was announced during the landing of Solar Impulse 2 (Si2) in Mandalay, Myanmar. ABB is the official technology partner of this pioneering airplane.

The solar-powered plane landed in Myanmar on Thursday night, the latest leg of a round-the-world trip aimed at highlighting clean energy.

The proposal is expected to provide solar power to 3,500 village homes across rural areas of Mandalay.

For most villagers in these communities this will be the first time they will have reliable access to electricity.

Through ABB’s support, this project builds on Pact Myanmar’s existing livelihoods and development work in 35 townships and over a million households, extending access to solar energy sources by supporting community financing for sustainable village electrification.

In addition, the project will help to reduce routine community expenditures on more expensive traditional energy sources by up to 20 percent.

Recently, ABB has won a cable system order worth $130 million from DONG Energy for Walney Extension Wind Farm, which will generate 660 MW of power.

As part of the deal, ABB will supply a high-voltage cable system to DONG Energy to bring power from the Walney Extension wind park off the northwest coast of England.

In another development, ABB bagged a $100 million cable system order from to build an AC cable system for transmission of power from the Kriegers Flak offshore wind farm to the mainland grid.

ABB’s cable system will connect the offshore wind farm platforms Kriegers Flak A and B to Rrdvig, in Denmark.

ABB will supply and install three high-voltage alternating current 220 kilovolt three-core submarine cables with a length of about 100 kilometers.

Myanmar is blessed with abundance of natural resources and according to a recent study, Myanmar can quadruple its GDP by 2030 to US$200 billion.

Sabeena Wahid
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