Myanmar launches 1 GW solar tender

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Myanmar’s Ministry of Electricity and Energy (MOEE) has issued an invitation for PV developers to submit prequalifying bids for the construction of several solar plants throughout the country, with a combined capacity of 1 GW.

The document, which was published on the MOEE’s Facebook page, states that the selected independent power producers will be awarded 20-year power purchase agreements. Overall, 30 solar facilities with capacities ranging from 30 MW to 40 MW are expected to be built through the tender.

Prospective developers will have until June 18 to submit their proposals.

According to the latest statistics from the International Renewable Energy Agency, Myanmar had cumulatively installed 88 MW of PV capacity by the end of 2019.

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Off-grid solar already plays a key role in Myanmar’s electrification strategy. A number of rooftop PV arrays and minigrid projects having already been developed in rural parts of the country. However, the utility-scale solar segment has also started to take off.

This copy was amended on 25/07/20 to remove reference to Myanmar’s first utility scale solar project, the Minbu facility, as it is not clear whether the 50 MW generation capacity previously quoted by pv magazine for the project is based on direct or alternating current.

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