Solar Home Systems in Bangladesh

Originally posted on Blackboard by Gisella Collazo

This article posted on October 4, 2011 announced that the World Bank approved $172 million to install 630,000 solar home systems. It is an additional funding to the Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy Development Project, in which more than 300,000 such systems have already been installed since 2009 with the original financing of $130 million. Though certainly an expensive venture, this is a project which could have a huge impact in a country as poor and underserved as Bangladesh. About two-thirds of rural households don’t have access to electricity which greatly limits their access into many modern markets. Electricity is the most basic ICT needed in order to advance technologically. However, traditional landlines need to be wired through an area’s landscape and need supervision and maintenance. It is a system which has resulted to be very complicated to install in rural areas as there is no prior infrastructure in place. The solar home system, on the other hand, is completely sustainable as it does not rely on any other energy source than the ever-shining sun and it is independent from a greater connective network. I think this is a fabulous idea which could truly help Bangladesh’s overall development.


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