Renewable Microgrids for Off-Grid Fish Hatcheries and Surrounding Communities

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Project title

Renewable Microgrids for Off-Grid Fish Hatcheries and Surrounding Communities

Project country/region

☐ East Asia & Pacific
☐ Europe & Central Asia
☐ Latin America & The Carribean
☐ Middle East & North Africa
☐ North America
South Asia - Bangladesh
☐ Sub-Saharan Africa

Project organisation

International Development Enterprises (iDE) Bangladesh (United States)

Project description


The proposed solution will replace diesel generation with a micro-grid powered by economically viable renewable sources. The system will power hatchery water pumping activities and provide household-level renewable power through an innovative metering technology. The mobile metering and billing system will allow users to pay for their electricity using mobile money, either pre- or post-usage. The innovative joint venture business model will ensure that that hatcheries and surrounding households can afford the technical solution by bringing private sector investment that would otherwise not be attracted to renewable grid development. The use of fish hatcheries as a hub for clean power generation provides a guaranteed, niche market with a higher level of sustainable and economic success.


The project will provide many economic benefits to the hatcheries using the system, as well as the surrounding communities. These benefits include reduced diesel costs due to the use of clean energy, increased profits and sales for the hatchery, increased sales of fingerlings to local farmers, increased employment, and increased sustainability of aquaculture practices. The availability of evening lighting will enable social and educational benefits, such as studying after dark and additional time for operation of homestead-based businesses. The project will also benefit technology value chains by investing in key research and development which can encourage investment from financial service providers and technology investors, making clean energy solutions more affordable for poor rural consumers.


International Development Enterprises (iDE) has over 30 years’ experience in designing and delivering market based anti-poverty programs. The project is implemented in partnership with Renewable World—a UK-based charity tackling poverty using renewable energy. In addition, the following private sector partners will provide technical expertise: United Finance Company—a non-bank financial institution specializing in lease financing; Rahimafrooz Renewable Energy Ltd.—a pioneering solar company in Bangladesh; and Electro Solar Power Ltd.—the first solar PV manufacturer in Bangladesh.

International Development Enterprises (iDE) Bangladesh participated successfully in the PAEGC Initiative ( and was with its project 'Renewable Microgrids for Off-Grid Fish Hatcheries and Surrounding Communities' in Ethiopia among the winners of 2015.

Project related to following sources of energy


☐ Biomass

☐ Biofuel

☐ Biogas


☐ Geo-Thermal

☐ Hydro

☐ Energy Efficiency

☐ Other: /

Project primarily related to the following Commodity Groups

☐ Cereals

☐ Fruits and vegetables

☐ Nuts and berries

☐ Forage

☐ Dairy products

☐ Meat products

☐ Oil Seeds

☐ Roots and Tubers

☐ Eggs

☐ Pulses

☐ Fiber Crops

☐ Forestry

☐ Sugars

☐ Stimulants

☐ Spices

Other: Aquaculture

Project primarily related to the following Agricultural Value Chain Steps

☐ Mechanization

Efficiency of Operation

☐ Processing

☐ Transportation

☐ Controlled Atmosphere

☐ Controlled Temperature

☐ Mechanical Sorting

☐ Preservation

Other: Decentralized Power

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