As part of the National Electrification Plan, the Rural Development Department - in partnership with the German Development Bank - will invite tenders to assist with the deployment of €9m to roll out rural electrification projects in Shan State (South). The projects will largely consist of solar home systems for private dwellings and aims to electrify more than 10,000 houses.

Rural electrification and mobilisation of privately operated mini-grids is an area gaining increasing attention. This month saw  Yoma Strategic announce plans to raise up to US$28m to roll out rural electrification projects in Myanmar using an "anchor tenant" such as teleco tower operator as the primary offtaker with surplus power being supplied - via a mini grid - to surrounding villages.