Yangon, Myanmar - The donation ceremony was held at the Panasonic Showroom & Service Centre in Yangon on 29 January 2016. Hisakazu Maeda, Chief Representative, Panasonic Asia Pacific Myanmar Branch Office, commented, "Today's donation marks the fourth of such efforts under the 100 Thousand Solar Lanterns Project in Myanmar. In the last three years, we have received positive feedback from our partners. This is just one of our electrification projects here. Last month, we also donated eneloop solar storage systems. Panasonic will continue to fulfill its responsibilities as a corporate citizen in the communities it serves, one of which is through the provision of safe and stable lighting."
Launched in 2012, the Panasonic global "100 Thousand Solar Lanterns Project" targets to donate 100,000 units of the compact lighting devices to areas in emerging and developing countries with limited access to electricity by 2018, the company's 100th year anniversary. Currently, an estimated 1.2 billion people, or about 17% of the world's population live in areas without electricity. Availability of light and electricity affects quality of life. The "100 Thousand Solar Lanterns Project" came about with the aim to provide electricity to enhance access to education, healthcare and business opportunities through the use of the company's own technology and product. Each solar lantern is attached to a solar panel. Through the use of renewable solar energy, the product not only mitigates social challenges, but also contributes to carbon dioxide emission reduction.
In Myanmar, 68% of its population is said to have no access to electricity.* Panasonic hopes its solar lanterns will provide a better life, a better world for the people of Myanmar and contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The 11 Organizations that Received Solar Lanterns in Myanmar (in alphabetical order):
- All Country Agency for Rural Development
- Association for Regein Tanjoji International Cooperation
- Birumero no kai
- Greater Mekong Initiative
- Karen Baptist Convention
- Linguistic Society
- Meikswe Myanmar
- Myanmar Red Cross Society
- Peoples' HOPE Japan
- Save the Children Japan
*Source: "World Energy Outlook 2015" by International Energy Agency