Bangladesh now has over three million solar houses

I reported in June 2011 that Bangladesh, one of the world’s poorest countries, had over a million solar roofs. A few years later and these figures have tripled as the country now has 3.1 million residential solar energy systems.

As Cleantechnica reported in November :

To be exact, the recorded number was 3.1 million new systems — with more than 15 million people now benefiting from these new systems, according to coverage from the Bangladeshi newspaper The Daily Star.

The systems were installed as part of the country’s Infrastructure Development Company Ltd (Idcol) program for off-grid areas. The total capacity of the new systems is somewhere around 135 MW.

The new systems will help the country towards the achievement of its 2021 energy target — which denotes doubling electricity generation up to 24 GW, 10% of which is set to come via renewable energy.

The state-owned Idcol reportedly has a goal of financing six million residential solar systems by 2017.

Edouard

Edouard is a sustainability and energy professional committed to bringing our societies to a carbon neutral future. He has been writing on related topics on this very blog since 2007.

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  1. Thursday, July 14, 2016

    […] To conclude, neighboring Bangladesh has 15 million solar households as the New York Times reported recently. This is particularly astounding when one knows how poor the country is and how fast this solar boom has taken place. Still recently the country was just counting one then three million solar households. […]

  2. Thursday, July 14, 2016

    […] To conclude, neighboring Bangladesh has 15 million solar households as the New York Times reported recently. This is particularly astounding when one knows how poor the country is and how fast this solar boom has taken place. Still recently the country was just counting one then three million solar households. […]

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