Piers-- Good point- plastic bags and bottles are the bane of Southeast Asia-- Like sarongs and coconut trees-- the smell of burning plastic is quintessentially SE Asian. As for diesel generators, I suppose what you mention about sabatoge could be true, but most of my informants told me that would likely be unnecessary as neglect and poor understanding of solar systems were entirely adequate for ensuring that solar systems fail quickly after installation. As you might gather from the article (although I don't go into too much detail) that's the fault of finicky solar systems and ignorance on the part of villagers. Also, its the charity aspect- what's given seems to not be valued, which is why Proximity Designs etc., only sell the products.
Victor-- the problems large scale solar farms would encounter are the same problems that any power plant would encounter in Myanmar-- old and inadequate transmission system. He seems to feel that solar is a luxury good inadequate to the task of providing baseload power to Myanmar- and that as the cost of building the plant compared to the very low price for power-- and you get what Mr. U Htun Naing Aung sees as a recipe for failure. In fact, he feels that the announcement was simply a publicity stunt and is highly skeptical that the plant will ever be built. Stay tuned-- I'll be watching this.