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Published on July 14th, 2014 | by Jake Richardson


480,000 New Solar Home Systems For Bangladesh

July 14th, 2014 by  

The World Bank has offered to loan the Bangladeshi government $78.4 million in order to finance 480,000 solar home systems. This huge solar home systems project aims to install about 7,000 photovoltaic systems in Bangladesh every month. If it achieves this rate, it will be the largest of its kind in the world.


There are already 3 million home solar systems in the country, and they were installed because the World Bank provided the support. “Together, the government of Bangladesh and the World Bank is scaling up a program that delivered development results for millions of rural Bangladeshis This is a proven model that works. Investing in electricity in rural areas empowers both men and women, leading to increased income and growth opportunities, and reducing poverty,” said acting head of World Bank Bangladesh, Christine E. Kimes.

Nearly 60% of the Bangladeshi people do not have access to grid-connected electricity. The government has set a goal of 100% citizen access by 2021. Millions of people’s lives have been impacted in Bangladesh because of the addition of more solar PV power.

Benefits of Home Solar Systems

A World Bank paper concluded, “As for the benefits, adoption of a solar home system  improves children’s evening study time, lowers kerosene consumption, and provides health benefits for household members, in particular for women.  It is also found to increase women’s decision-making ability in certain household affairs.”

The fact that clean energy like solar has benefits in terms of quality of life and improved health sometimes gets lost in the mix. Opponents of clean energy have no alternative solutions to offer in such situations, so it seems that solar PV is a win-win in Bangladesh.

Jobs, Too

The solar benefits don’t end there though. Solar power is growing in Bangladesh, resulting in more jobs, “In the past 10 years, the number of solar systems in Bangladesh has jumped from 25,000 to 2.8 million,” according to IRENA. That in turn has created some 114,000 jobs, from assembling solar panels to selling, installing and maintaining them. In fact, the number of solar-related jobs nearly doubled between 2011 and 2013. “The numbers are set to increase further,” wrote the report’s  authors. (By comparison some 4 million people work in Bangladesh’s garment industry.)

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  • heinbloed

    Maybe this money is meant to cover the Russian atomic power plant loans?
    As a cash bolster to make Bangladesh creditworthy on paper so Rosatom/Atomstroyxxx do not have to admit to their shareholders that they have signed contracts with a bankrupt partner?
    So the chefs of Rosatom can stay outside prison?

  • JamesWimberley

    I don’t believe the World Bank can claim so much credit. Microsolar was pioneered in Bangladesh by Grameen, under the inspired leadership of the great Muhammad Yunus. The World Bank and the Bangladesh government are bandwagon-jumpers. The Bank is still trying to fund a large coal plant in Kosovo, against local and European green opposition.

    • Bob_Wallace

      I’m less interested in who or who does not get the credit. Yunus and those important to him will realize that he started a movement that is likely to bring electricity to billions of people around the world.

      I’m excited to hear that Bangladesh now has 3 million systems and the World Bank is now viewing micro-solar as a project worth financing.

  • Atef Zayed

    We were created as humans. It is people who categorized us according to countries and religions. When we see each other as humans only, a lot of our disputes will vanish.
    Human being.
    Solar energy consultant

  • GeorgeMokray

    How many of the 2.8 million solar systems were installed by Grameen Shakti and how much of the World Bank money will go to them?

  • matthew Adams

    So men having any say in the household = bad. Why does this have to turn into a sexist attack on men? I believe solar is a good thing for all of humanity.

    • Bob_Wallace

      “It is also found to increase women’s decision-making ability in certain household affairs.”

      So in your book, any loss of men’s authority is evil?

    • Ronald Brakels

      Try reading the article again, Guest.

    • JamesWimberley

      Yunus decided to make microloans to women not out of feminist ideology but because he found that they were more likely to use the money well and pay it back.

    • Khan Quamruzzaman

      In context of Bangladesh where male has the supremacy ..

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