Solar power in Bangladesh

by Rumbold
19th June, 2009 at 8:51 am    

This sounds like good news:

“In the past year alone, the number of solar-powered household systems has doubled to 300,000, delivering electricity to 2.5 million people.

Leading the rapid expansion is Grameen Shakti, a sister concern of Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus’s micro credit giant Grameen Bank. The charity, along with 14 other smaller organisations, extends loans with generous conditions to enable the poor to purchase the wherewithal to produce solar energy.

“Solar systems are selling so fast in rural areas that we’re struggling to keep up with demand,” said Dipal Barua, Grameen Shakti’s head.

Growth also means new employment opportunities. “We have created some 20,000 green jobs, some 2,000 of them employing rural women who earn a decent income of 100 dollars a month,” Barua said.”

Let’s just hope this can continue. The signs are promising, in that the charity has a proven track record of loaning money which is then paid back.

(Hat-Tip: Platinum786)

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  1. dave bones — on 19th June, 2009 at 9:16 am  

    That is good news. I always wondered why solar hadn’t taken off as I heard and smelt all those horrible generators going on around shops in India as the electric went down in the afternoon. I was told that the technology hadn’t reached the mass market in India because of patenting issues. No idea if that is true or not.

  2. platinum786 — on 19th June, 2009 at 10:13 am  

    I think it’s great. Whoever gets solar power to the poor and middle class of the developing world, will become a very rich person.

    I don’t know whether it states in the article or whether i read it somewhere else but for poor people, it has mega benefits.

    A solar panels allows them to run a fan, have a light on when otherwise they wouldn’t have one. It increases the quality of life drastically. Apparently it’s helped evening schools take off as people can now study in the dark and it’s helped local traders work into the evening, increasing their output.

    Muhammad Yunus and his Grameen programme seem to be doing really well for Bangladesh. Long mat it continue and let it be an example for the rest of the developing world!

  3. Refresh — on 19th June, 2009 at 3:08 pm  

    Excellent news!

    Yunus has some serious followers around the world, and this is why.

    Whilst at dinner in Greece, a local civic-minded businessman friend of mine pulled out the Greek version of Mr Yunus’ book and told me how he was getting inspiration from it and how he was going to work with the people of his town to develop co-operative businesses using similar techniques. He spent the whole evening praising Mr Yunus.

    Another cheery thing to note was that he kept referring to Mr Yunus as Pakistani.

  4. fug — on 20th June, 2009 at 12:45 am  

    its not really ‘news’. and its not a charity. good luck to bangladeshis getting power and negotiating technologies on their own terms.

  5. solar panels — on 20th June, 2009 at 2:41 am  

    i am surprised that solar-powered household systems has doubled to 300,000 in Bangladesh.Their solar industry business is moving so fast.

  6. Golam Murtaza — on 20th June, 2009 at 8:42 am  

    ‘Another cheery thing to not was that he kept referring to Mr Yunus as Pakistani’.

    I feel a profound sigh of resignation coming on.

  7. faisal — on 17th October, 2009 at 9:23 am  

    Do you know the real reason ‘why awami league wanted khaleda zia to join the poverty eradication conference’?

    know the real reason here

  8. Mamun — on 25th January, 2010 at 9:16 am  

    Bangladesh got good future in solar power project, lighting, irrigation system. People still do not know energy management, power management, light management system but it is growing. First time solar billboard lighting doing by Nokia, Grameenphone (Done by digitaltechnologybd dot com) shows progress on solar power.

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