Strategy for promotions and development of renewable technologies in Bangladesh: experience from Garmeen Shakti
This paper discusses experiences from the renewable energy programme of Grameen Shakti (GS), which is aimed to provide energy to rural areas. GS has already spent 3 years in marketing solar home systems in rural Bangladesh. Within this short period, GS gathered a lot of experience in marketing the solar home system. Up to July 1999, GS had sold 1147 solar home systems and the installed capacity was 53.3 kWp. Customers use these systems for various purposes such as, lighting houses, shops, offices, watching TV, operating computers and so on. The systems are functioning well. Some of the customers have enhanced income through PV systems by extending working hours and selling power to neighbours. There are various obstacles to the expansion of PV programmes in rural Bangladesh, the main barrier being the high cost of the PV module. To make the system affordable, customers need an easier financing scheme. GS offers easier financing terms to the customers so that they can afford solar home systems. http://www.retsasia.ait.ac.th/Publications/GS-WREC%2099. pdf
Barua, D.C., 2001: Strategy for promotions and development of renewable technologies in Bangladesh: experience from Garmeen Shakti. Renewable Energy, 22, 205-210.
Other social, economic or political drivers
Likely link— assessment by LAs
Likely link-assessment by LAs
Medium cost to implement
Potential large-scale effects
Long term (20 or more years)
Strong link to poverty reduction
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