Promoting solar PV for poverty reduction in Bangladesh

Promoting solar PV for poverty reduction in Bangladesh
Authors (non HEDON members)
Dipal C. Barua
About 80% of the people in Bangladesh live in villages where the main source of income is agriculture. Most of these people are deprived of electricity, which is a necessity in today’s life. Getting grid electricity to these villages has proved to be beyond their reach, thus making it much more reasonable to turn to renewable energy (which is available in abundance and cheaper) for electrification. Grameen Shakti (GS), the pioneer of renewable energy technology in Bangladesh, has worked tirelessly, and through a soft credit facility it has managed to bring solar electricity to these villages. GS emerged out of the Grameen family of companies in 1996. To date, GS has managed to install more than 8032 solar home systems (SHS) up to mid-April 2002 with a capacity of 400 kWp which provide electricity produced from sunlight.

There are mainly four components in a Solar Home System:

* solar panel: converts sunlight into electricity
* battery: stores the electricity
* charge controller: regulates charging and discharging of battery, and
* appliances: different types of electric appliances such as lamp, television, DC fan, mobile phone, computer, etc.
* other electric components: cables, cable clips, switches, switch boards etc.

These installations have completely changed the way of life in these villages.
Journal Section
General Article

Skip this section (the following 4 fields are to be filled by Boiling Point moderators only)

Pdf version
Download BP48-13-Barua.pdf
Icon picture
Title in French
Promotion du photovoltaïque et reduction de la pauvreté au Bangladesh
Abstract in French
Près de 80% de la population du Bangladesh vit dans des villages. La majorité de cette population n'a pas accès à l'électricité. Grameen Shakti a joué un rôle de pionnier dans le domaine des énergies renouvelables au Bangladesh en diffusant des systèmes solaires photovoltaïques par le biais d'un financement adapté aux moyens de population à très bas revenu. L'électrification a permis de générer des emplois, favoriser l'éducation et les moyens de communication. Les conditions pour une large diffusion existent ce qui contribuerait à accroître l'impact sur la réduction de la pauvreté au sein des communautés villageoises.

Assign categories (end of moderators only section)

051 Solar
BoilingPoint48    Bangladesh    Solarphotovoltaics    Poverty   

Article body in English

Page name EN

  • A practitioner's journal on household energy, stoves and poverty reduction.

Upcoming Events

No records to display
Show php error messages