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Bangladesh: Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy

Bangladesh: Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy Development

Bangladesh: Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy Development


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.


• 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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