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Bangladesh: Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy

Bangladesh: Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy Development

Bangladesh: Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy Development

Challenge:

In 2002, access to electricity in Bangladesh was about 30 percent. Furthermore, it is physically difficult and economically not feasible to bring the whole country under a grid based electricity network because Bangladesh is a delta with more than 400 rivers.

Example of Impact:

As of September 2006, the project has brought electricity to more than 400,000 consumers in Bangladesh. Access to electricity has increased to 38% from 30% in 2002. At the same time 80,000 consumers had been provided with Solar Home Systems (SHS), surpassing the original target of 50,000.

Approach:

• Expand the electricity distribution grid to connect new consumers.
• Support renewable energy options to provide electricity in areas not reached by the grid by making solar home systems (SHS) available to households and a biomass pilot project to electrify village markets and associated small enterprises and households.

Challenges Remaining:

To achieve the Government’s vision of the power sector is to provide electricity for all by 2020, government needs to ensure that REB and PBSs are working towards this vision in a sustainable manner. IDA strategy is to strengthen the managerial capability of the Rural Electrification Board to ensure that it can function autonomously and at arms length from the government.




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