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          Five agencies, including EGAT, are going to raise the potential of religious tourism through a pilot project of LED installation combined with solar cell system in seven temples on Chiang Mai walking street to promote cultural tourism, boost the local economy, and be a model of eco-friendly energy innovation.



         On October 29, 2021, Chiang Mai Provincial Administrative Organization (PAO), Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai Provincial Office of Buddhism, Chiang Mai Public Relations Office, and EGAT signed the MOU on “Raising Potential of Religious Tourism (Temples) through Solar Cell Lighting System Installation.” On this occasion, Mr. Pichai Lertpongadisorn, Chairman of Chiang Mai PAO; Clinical Professor Dr. Niwes Nantajit, President of Chiang Mai University; Ms. Jureerat Jaikaeng, Director of Chiang Mai Provincial Office of Buddhism; Ms. Chanisa Chomsil, Chiang Mai Public Relations Officer; and Mr. Boonyanit Wongrukmit, EGAT Governor declared a mutual intention. In the signing ceremony, Dr. Jiraporn Sirikum, EGAT Deputy Governor – Strategy was the representative of EGAT who signed the MOU. Also, Mr. Pattana Sangsriroj, Advisor to the Minister of Energy, attended the event, held at the Chiang Mai PAO.



         The project will raise the potential of religious tourism by installing a high-efficient lighting system with solar energy, which is a collaboration to improve the temples in Chiang Mai to be international cultural attractions. It will support local economic recovery by increasing the number of tourists in the post-pandemic period in response to the country’s re-opening. The LED installation will also ensure security in the temples, create beautiful scenery at night, and promote eco-friendly energy innovation and carbon dioxide emissions reduction.



         EGAT will provide financial support for the high-efficient lighting installation with solar energy comprising LED and solar-LED light bulbs at the seven temples; which are Wat Muen Lan, Wat Phan On, Wat Sum Pow, Wat Phantao, Wat Chai Phrakiat, Wat Tung Yu, and Wat Sri Koet; in Tha Pae Sunday Walking Street, Chiang Mai city municipality. It is expected to be complete within June 2022. EGAT together with its alliances will technically design and install the lighting system, make the project widely known, install permanent information signs, and monitor and evaluate all aspects of the project to be the guideline for the installation in 31 temples in the next phase.