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Title: Ashden - Sustainable solutions, better lives
Description/subject: "Ashden champions and supports sustainable energy leaders to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon world...Ashden is a charity that champions and supports the leaders in sustainable energy to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon world.... Whether you want to watch the highlights of one of our award ceremonies, are looking for a video about solar power in Africa, or need examples of sustainable schools, there’s a good chance we’ll have filmed it..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Ashden
Format/size: html, Adobe Flash
Alternate URLs: http://www.ashden.org
Date of entry/update: 27 January 2017


Title: Grid-connected solar systems
Description/subject: "Solar panels that harness the sun's power to generate electricity provide clean power for homes, communities and businesses, and help cut global carbon emissions..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Ashden
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 19 August 2016


Title: Photovoltaic power station
Description/subject: "A photovoltaic power station, also known as a solar park, is a large-scale photovoltaic system (PV system) designed for the supply of merchant power into the electricity grid. They are differentiated from most building-mounted and other decentralised solar power applications because they supply power at the utility level, rather than to a local user or users. They are sometimes also referred to as solar farms or solar ranches, especially when sited in agricultural areas. The generic expression utility-scale solar is sometimes used to describe this type of project. The solar power source is via photovoltaic modules that convert light directly to electricity. However, this differs from, and should not be confused with concentrated solar power, the other large-scale solar generation technology, which uses heat to drive a variety of conventional generator systems. Both approaches have their own advantages and disadvantages, but to date, for a variety of reasons, photovoltaic technology has seen much wider use in the field. As of 2013, PV systems outnumber concentrators by about 40 to 1..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Wikipedia
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 19 August 2016


Title: Solar-powered water pumps
Description/subject: "In drought-affected areas of Kenya, women must walk miles to find water, risking violence or animal attack, in order to sustain their families and animals. They do this with the knowledge that the dirty water they have collected may well make their children very ill. Working with community members, Practical Action developed a solar powered water pump that can pump up to 30,000 litres of clean water per day. twitter logo facebook logo Using the overabundance of sunshine, the solar pump draws water from a 100-metre-deep well, providing families with the water that they desperately need and rendering cases of water-related diseases a thing of the past..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Practical Action
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 19 August 2016


Individual Documents

Title: Waiting for Grid to Arrive, Burma Villages Switch on Solar
Date of publication: 29 March 2017
Description/subject: "Nearly 500,000 households will benefit from solar home systems and mini-grids under the National Electrification Plan, with subsidies of up to 90 percent... Access to electricity from clean sources such as solar and small-scale hydropower is changing the centuries-old way of life in thousands of rural communities like this across Burma. But experts say unsupportive policies and a lack of political will are hampering the development of a commercially viable market in renewable energy. More than two-thirds of Burma’s 51 million people lack access to reliable, affordable electricity, mostly in rural areas. Yet successive governments have focused on large-scale hydropower, gas and coal, which critics say are environmentally destructive and costly..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Reuters via "The Irrawaddy"
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 01 April 2017


Title: Solar power: Faster, cleaner, cheaper
Date of publication: 28 May 2016
Description/subject: "Solar-power plants are an obvious solution to Myanmar’s electricity shortage. They are faster to build than their fossil-fuel and hydropower alternatives and are cleaner and cheaper to operate..."
Author/creator: David Fullbrook
Language: English
Source/publisher: "Frontier Myanmar"
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 19 August 2016


Title: The Breakthrough in Renewable Energy (video)
Date of publication: 2016
Description/subject: "Clean energy is becoming less exotic and more practical than ever before thanks to the efforts of a few key countries. Collectively, they're greasing the wheels for a worldwide revolution. The Breakthrough in Renewable Energy, a new documentary produced by the acclaimed VPRO Backlight series, takes us inside the corporate offices and production lines where this groundbreaking work is being done, and examines what it could mean for the future of energy consumption on Earth. What main factor will ultimately determine the widespread acceptance and use of solar and wind energy? In a word: cost. Once upon a time, investments in these alternative energy sources were considered an extremely risky proposition. After all, the cost to the consumers was many times that of energy powered by natural gas and other traditional fossil fuels. However, as argued by the film's impressive panel of expert industrialists and other energy entrepreneurs, new and untested technologies are always priced high on the outset. Once the research, innovation and production of these technologies begin to progress and mature, the costs go down. This is where the industry stands today. The filmmakers travel the globe to discover where these seismic advancements are taking place. In China, where air pollution has reached catastrophic levels, the government has made unprecedented investments in the development of solar and wind powered technologies. Their efforts are beginning to pay off in a big way, and reverberate throughout the rest of the world. Thanks to increased production savvy and volume, the cost of solar energy has now dipped by more than 80%, and wind energy has decreased by 50%. As the cost of these resources begin to fall well below that of natural gas, how long will it take for other regions of the world to opt in? The industry's fight to acquire the hearts and minds of consumers can only be won through simple economics; consumers will begin to embrace green technologies when the dollars make sense. With great insight and access, The Breakthrough in Renewable Energy shows us how this battle is being waged and won everywhere from Abu Dhabi to the Netherlands to California."
Language: English
Source/publisher: VPRO Backlight viia TopDocumentaryFilms.com
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 27 January 2017


Title: Myanmar steps up renewables investment with plans for South East Asia’s largest solar power plant
Date of publication: 14 October 2015
Description/subject: "Myanmar is to host a series of flagship solar projects, following a number of contract awards in recent weeks. US-based engineering giant Black & Veatch announced yesterday it has been appointed by Thailand-based developer Green Earth Power to provide design and consultancy services for a 220MW solar project in Myanmar, described as "Southeast Asia's largest solar power plant"..."
Author/creator: James Murray
Language: English
Source/publisher: BusinessGreen
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 19 August 2016


Title: Pact brings solar energy to rural Myanmar communities
Date of publication: 23 March 2015
Description/subject: "ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, is partnering with Pact to bring electricity in the form of solar power to approximately 3,500 people in villages in rural areas of Mandalay, Central Myanmar. With an estimated population of 51 million, Myanmar is an emerging country that has a per capita GDP of only around US$1,105 – one of the lowest in East Asia and the Pacific. Over 75% of inhabitants have no access to electricity, and rural communities account for two thirds of the total population..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: PACT
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 19 August 2016


Title: Solar Energy Potential and Applications in Myanmar
Date of publication: August 2008
Description/subject: Abstract: "Energy consumption is one of the indices in determining the levels of development of a nation. Therefore, availability of energy supply to all sectors of life in any country is crucial for its development. These exists shortage of all kinds of energy, particularly electricity which is badly needed for economic development. Electricity from the sun which is quite abundant in most of the developing countries is used in rural areas to meet basic electricity needs of a rural community. Today’s electricity supply in Myanmar is generated by fuel generators and hydroelectric power plants. However, far-flung areas which are away from National Grids cannot enjoy the electricity generated by these sources. Since Myanmar is a land of plentiful sunshine, especially in central and southern regions of the country, the first form of energy- solar energy could hopefully become the final solution to its energy supply problem. The direct conversion of solar energy into electricity using photovoltaic system has been receiving intensive installation not only in developed countries but also in developing countries. It is mainly intended to present solar energy potential and application in Myanmar. It is also wanted to get the benefits of using solar energy for people in remote areas which are not yet connected to the national grids because of the high price of fossil fuel."... Keywords—Electricity supply in Myanmar, National Grids, solar energy.
Author/creator: Thet Thet Han Yee, Su Su Win, and Nyein Nyein Soe
Language: English
Source/publisher: World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology 42 2008
Format/size: pdf (340K)
Date of entry/update: 25 October 2009


Title: SOLAR POWER SEEN AS SOLUTION FOR REMOTE VILLAGES
Date of publication: 12 October 2003
Description/subject: "Subsidies, technical support and greater awareness are needed to speed the development of alternative energy sources in Myanmar, an industry spokesman said last week. One of the leaders in the field, U Win Khaing, managing director of Myanmar Solar Energy System, a subsidiary of United Engineering, is enthusiastic about the future of solar power as an alternative power source in this country. “Myanmar has great potential for utilising solar energy which is a free energy source. It could provide an immediate solution for remote villages that are not connected to the national electricity grid”
Author/creator: Kyaw Naing,
Language: English
Source/publisher: Myanmar Times, 2003-10-03.
Format/size: pdf (85K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/show.php?cat=2448
Date of entry/update: 25 October 2009


Title: Renewable Energy Workshops in Burma
Date of publication: 2003
Description/subject: "...two hands-on renewable energy workshops were conducted in June 2002. One was for thirteen participants in Myitkyina, Kachin State in northern Burma, and another for fifteen participants in Toungoo in central Burma. The workshops emphasized both theory and practice of solar-electric system installation and maintenance..."
Author/creator: Chris Greacen
Language: English
Source/publisher: home power 98
Format/size: pdf (252K)
Date of entry/update: 25 October 2009


Title: Results of a Google search for "solar power Myanmar"
Description/subject: About 1,030,000 results (January 2017)
Language: English
Source/publisher: Google
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 29 January 2017