Only 50% of households in Myanmar, one of the poorest nations in Southeast Asia, are connected to the public grid. Five years ago, the government set a goal of electrifying 100% of the country by 2030.

With that in mind, in June, Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, together with Smart Power Myanmar and supported by Chevron with a $250,000 grant, launched a pilot program to work with early and growth stage mini-grid developers expanding access to energy in rural and off-grid communities. 

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Called the Mini-Grid Accelerator, the five-month program recently wrapped up with 13 entrepreneurs.

Mini-grids combine generation assets with distribution grids able to supply off-grid power to villages or

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