Publication - 100% Renewable Energy for Bangladesh – Access to renewable energy for all within one generation
100% Renewable Energy for Bangladesh – Access to renewable energy for all within one generation
Sven Teske, Tom Morris, Kriti Nagrath
Bangladesh is among the five fastest growing economies in the world. Yet, the country’s sustained economic expansion increased the energy demand and strains existing energy infrastructure. Keeping energy access reliable and on a low enough price to be affordable for everyone, has been a continuous struggle over the past decades. A decentralised renewable energy system presents a massive opportunity for Bangladesh to accelerate economic development, whilst improving energy access, livelihoods and the health of millions of people in a sustainable manner. In fact, over 5 million Solar Home Systems (SHS) have been distributed in areas where electrification and grid expansion were particularly challenging. To date, the programme has provided electricity services to over 11% of the population and has saved consumption of 1.14 million tons of kerosene for lighting, worth more than $400 million USD.