This briefing paper highlights insights from the 2014 Population and Housing Census that are relevant to developing a renewable energy policy that can provide fast and low-cost energy services to Myanmar people. This would improve job creation and economic performance.

For example, the census found stark differences between the energy situation in urban and rural areas in Myanmar. In particular, there were significant differences in terms of access to on-grid electricity for lighting. Tailored approaches are therefore needed, with a strong focus on decentralised renewable energy solutions such as solar energy in more rural areas.

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