Solar panel installation transforms the lives of 1,500 school children in Burma

Through our renewable energy platform Track my Electricity™, we recently helped deliver life transformative electricity to four schools in an off-grid region in Burma, by installing solar panels, enabling 1,500 young people to access an education in the Karen State.

Track my Electricity™ enables businesses to not only significantly reduce their organisational footprint by sourcing 100% renewable energy, but also supports vulnerable communities combat energy poverty in developing countries.

The solar projects were funded entirely by Scandinavian customers of Track my Electricity™ such as Norges Arktiske Studentsanskipnad, Breeze AS, Mitthem, SKIFU and support from Danish schools- Gladsaxe and Københaven Åbne Gymnasium. For every MWh of clean energy sourced through the site, €0,10 goes towards funding renewable energy projects in remote, off-grid areas to eliminate energy poverty and build sustainable communities.

The panels were installed by Solbakken, a non-profit organisation that enables renewable energy and water access, in Kaw Lah Hai School, Naw Lah Ah Tah School, Klee Moe Kee School and Mae Poe Kee School situated between Myanmar (Burma) and Thailand between 2015 and 2018. The schools serve the local communities as well as neighbouring villages, with many pupils boarding at the schools in the dormitories during the academic year from September to March. The whole project was completed in July this year, a culmination of three years’ work.

The schools are in extremely remote locations and have relied on natural light to date, such as daylight, or candles and lamps which limit when and how pupils can study. Following the installation, the schools now have a sustainable electricity supply that enable students to study for longer hours, while also protecting against fire hazards previously caused using candles and kerosene lamps. It has also enabled modern teaching technologies to enter the classroom.

Janu Ramchandani, Team Leader for Sustainability Services EMEA at Kinect Energy Group, said: “Solar energy is one of the most appropriate and effective methods of energy access in rural regions such as these. They have the power to transform the lives of people in hard-to-reach places lacking traditional infrastructure. Kinect Energy, alongside its partners, are proving that electricity shouldn’t just be the preserve of the developed nations.

“We’re delighted to have been involved in this worthwhile project that will have such a massive impact on children in the region now and in the future.”

Solbakken’s director, Nick Powers added: “Bringing electricity to remote communities in Karen State is not an easy task. It involves various means of transportation, immense community organisation, and working in inclement weather. Just getting to the schools, due to the lack of roads and landmines, involves trekking across the jungle by car, motorcycle, boat and on foot, through treacherous areas, often flooded due to the monsoon season. However, with the support of Track My Electricity TM and the hard work of the local communities, we were able to provide power for more than 1,500 students.”

The next project for Kinect Energy and Track my Electricity™ will involve installing solar systems for alpaca wool farmers in high altitudes of Cusco, Peru to provide lighting and improve productivity by powering small spinning machines.

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