Bangladeshi villagers have access to electricity due to solar energy project

Published on People’s Daily Online, Source: Xinhua, December 21, 2009.

The villagers in Barotopa, Bangladesh who have no connection with national grid have access to electricity due to a solar energy project run by Grameen Shakti, a non-governmental organization in the country.

More than 100 out of 300 households in Barotopa village of Gazipur district, about 37 kms north of capital Dhaka, have installed solar panels. 

Abdul Khalek, a 55-year-old farmer, said in an interview with Xinhua on Monday they installed the solar panel four years ago which has brought a new life for them.

“We didn’t have electricity before. We had nothing to do in the evening. With the installation of solar panel, we can watch television and use mobile phone as well as do some other work in the house,” Khalek said.

The solar panel in Khalek’s house can generate 85 watt of power which can support one television, one mobile charger and seven lights.

Khalek paid 38,792 taka (about 554 U.S. dollars) for installment of the solar panel which can be used for 20 years. Grameen Shakti is responsible for installation and three free maintenance in the first three years …

… 300,000 households in Bangladesh are using solar panels provided by Grameen Shakti which was established in 1996 with a purpose to improve the life of rural people in the country. (full text).

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