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 Friday,April 25th 2014.   

RET projects in brief

Solar Energy Programme:

1. Local Government Engineering Department  :


  • Name of Project / Title  : Sustainable Rural Energy
  • Source of Funding/Donor : UNDP
  • Year of Installation : From 1998 to 2006
  • Type of Installation : Centralized AC system for  market place, coastal communities,  biodiversity research laboratory,  standalone solar  system for rural clinics, tourist resorts, local govt. office, tribal temple and households, IT facility in remote LGED office, solar PV pumping, solar home lighting system, LED lanterns etc.
  • Total System Capacity : 40.5 kWp
  • Total Project  cost (US $):  US $ 1.99 million 
  • Number of Beneficiaries/ Buyers : 4500 direct and about fifty thousand indirect beneficiaries
  • Objectives : Demonstration and technology transfer in the field of renewable energy in Bangladesh
  • Key output: Community based diversified demonstrations of solar energy(PV) technologies has been successfully completed on the basis of available resource in the off-grid areas. Replication potentials have been observed from diversified applications

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2. Bangladesh Power Development Board(BPDB)

  • Name of Project / Title: Renewable Energy Development & Energy Efficiency Measure of BPDB.
  • Type of Installation : SHS, Solar Vaccination, Solar water pump, Solar Street light,  Centralized Solar PV Power Plant 
  • Total System Capacity : 123.55kWp (1.23 MW)
  • Objectives : Provide PV electricity at remote off-grid Chittagong Hill areas of Bangladesh
  • Key output : PV system provided to 2344 rural households under Phase – II at  Juraichari Upazilla Sadar, Bonjogichara, Moidong, Dumduma Union, Shijak College of Baghachari Upazilla under , Bandarban District  and  600 SHS  under Phase – III at Thachi Upazila, Bandarban District.

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3. Rural Electrification Board (REB) :

  • Name of Project / Title  : Diffusion of Renewable Energy Technologies/ Rural Electrification Through Solar Energy
  • Source of Funding / Donors : World Bank, GEF, GTZ, French Grant
  • Year of Installation : Started From 1993
  • Type of Installation : Solar Home System (SHS) Sys#1 = 36wp to 40wp, Sys#2 = 50wp , Sys#3 = 72wp to 80wp,  Sys#4 = 100wp
  • Total System Capacity : 233.095 Kw (0.233 Mw) by  June 2007
  • Number of Beneficiaries/ Buyers : Solar electricity provided to 4220 rural by  June 2007
  • Objectives : Diffusion of Renewable Energy Technologies, Rural Electrification through solar energy
  • Key output : Solar PV electricity provided to the remote and isolated areas of the country Austogram thana of Kishoreganj district, Singra thana of Natore district, Kotalipara thana of Gopalganj district and among the islands Moheshkhali, Kutubdia, Sandip, St. Martin etc. But in implementing the project the location included in areas of Kishoreganj, Jamalpur, Narayanganj,   Manikganj, Barisal-2, Patuakhali, Bagerhut, Kustia, Magura, Sathkhira, Natore-1, & Nababganj PBS. Serajganj PBS,  Natore PBS-2,  Pabna PBS-2. Barisal PBS-1, Cox’s Bazar and Sunamganj PBS. Battery Charging Station based and Stand Alone System) including Health Centre, bazar and sports club etc.

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4. Infrastructure Development Company Limited (IDCOL) 

 Beginning from January 2003, Infrastructure DevelopmentCompany Ltd. (IDCOL) has brought more than 500,000 rural households under thesolar power system. IDCOL is implementing this programme with financialassistance from the World Bank, GEF, GTZ and KfW. A total of 21 PartnerOrganizations are disseminating solar home systems in the remote rural areas ofBangladeshunder IDCOL’s renewable energy program. 

Partner Organizations at Field Level( Implemented theprogramme) :  Grameen Shakti , BRAC Foundation , Srizony Bangladesh ,Thengamara Mahila Shabuj Shangha (TMSS), COAST Trust, Center for Mass Educationin Science (CMES) , Integrated Development
Foundation (IDF) , Shubashati , Upakulio Biddutayan O Mohila Unnayan Samity(UBOMUS) , Padakhep Manabik Unnayan Kendra (PMUK) , Bangladesh Rural IntegratedDevelopment For Grub-Street Economy(BRIDGE) , MUKTI Cox’s Bazar , RuralServices Foundation (RSF) , Hilful Fuzul Samaj
Kalyan Sangstha (HFSKS) , Palli Daridra Bimochan Foundation (PDBF) , Networkfor Universal Services and Rural Advancement (NUSRA) , DABI Moulik UnnayanSangstha , DESHA , Al-Falah Aam Unnayan Sangstha (AFAUS) , Association forVillage Advancement (AVA) , Others.


  • Source of Funding / Donors : World Bank, Global Environment Facility (GEF), KfW, GTZ, Asian Development Bank and Islamic Development Bank
  • Year of Installation : Started from 2003
  • Type of Installation : Over  500,000  households brought under SHS(March 31 2010 ).

5. Grameen Shakti  


  • Name of Project / Title :  Promotion, Development and Extension of Renewable Energy Technologies
  • Source of Funding / Donors : IDCOL( World Bank, GEF, GTZ, KfW)
  • Year of Installation : Started form 1996  
  • Type of Installation : SHS, LED Lanterns, Improve Cook Stoves
  • Total System Capacity : SHS installed 310,992( June  2010 )
  • Objectives : In order to see a poverty free world, energy security for all must be ensured . As the conventional sources of energy are limited and can not meet the increasing need of the common people, wide dissemination of renewable energy technologies is the only way out. The experience of Grameen Shakti may be effective. If proposal come from other parts of the world, GS is ready to extend their hands of cooperation.



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6. BRAC Foundation :


  • Name of Project / Title :  BRAC Solar Energy Program for Sustainable Development
  • Source of Funding / Donors : IDCOL( World Bank, GEF, GTZ, KfW)
  • Year of Installation : Stated December 1997
  • Type of Installation : SHS, LED Lanterns, Hot Box cookers
  • Total System Capacity : SHS installed 30,675 ( October, 2007)
  • Number of Beneficiaries/ Buyers : 26600 Beneficiaries/ Buyers
  • Objectives : To provide electricity in rural off-grid areas


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7. Rural Services Foundation  :


  • Source of Funding / Donors : IDCOL( World Bank, GEF, GTZ, KfW )
  • Year of Installation : Stated from 2006
  • Type of Installation : SHS, LED Lanterns
  • Total System Capacity : 59,216 till March 31, 2010
  • Objectives : Dissemination of RET


8. Progress of German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) : 

Promoting Renewable Energy and Every Efficiency in Bangladesh  through Sustainable Energy for Development (SED) 


Sustainable Energy Development(SED), Field progress report : Until May, 2010


Improved Cook Stoves (ICS) Installation :

Domestic Improved Cook Stoves(ICS) = 2,50,000

Institutional ICS = 4,000


Solar Home System :

Small Solar Home System (PURE) = 800

Small Solar Home System (SED) = 1,61,000


Biogas installation :

Big size Biogas plant( Big Biogas plant 6 m3) ,PURE = 270 , SED = 1,250

Pilot Biogas plant = 8 nos


Training Imparted (person):

Improved Cook Stoves(PURE and SED) = 10,000

Solar Home System (PURE and SED) = 750

Bio-gas (PURE = 275 and SED = 815)= 1090

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Biomass  Energy Programme:

Potential stakeholders for a national programme on domestic biogas in Bangladesh, divided into government, civil sector and private sector organizations. Bangladesh is endowed with an impressive number and variety of institutes, organizations and companies. Besides these described below, many more could be called upon to participate in the implementation of a national programme on domestic biogas. This organizational richness can be regarded as a very positive starting point for such a programme and makes the establishment of a separate programme office unnecessary. 

From 1971 to 2007 Total 25,283 Biogas plants installed by 15 different organizations including GO, NGO’s in Bangladesh  

Over 10,000 Biogas Plants constructed under NDBMP :

Beginningfrom June 2006, IDCOL has constructed more than 10,000 Biogas plants in ruralareas through its Partner Organizations (POs) under National Domestic Biogasand Manure Programme (NDBMP). IDCOL is implementing the programme with supportfrom GoB, SNV Netherlands and Kfw. Beginning from June 2006, IDCOL hasconstructed more than 10,000 Biogas plants in rural areas through its PartnerOrganizations (POs) under National Domestic Biogas and Manure Programme(NDBMP). IDCOL is implementing the programme with support from GoB, SNVNetherlands and Kfw.


Biomass Power Plant :

Plant type: Rice-husk as primary fuel for power generation
Plant Capacity: 250 kW
Project Location : Giaspurbazar, Gazipur.


Wind power  Programme:                       

Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) installed  pilot basis 1MW at Muhuri Dam, at Feni District of  Bangladesh and tartget to reach up to  10MW power at the same place.  Moreover  1 MW New Wind Project implemented at Kutubdia .

Total installation by BPDB = 2 MW

LGED installed 10Kwp in Wind-Solar hybrid system at St. Martins Island and another 400Wp at Kuakata LGED guest house

Grameen Shakti is experimenting with the possibility of developing systems to utilize wind energy in the coastal areas of Bangladesh. GS installed 4 hybrid power stations (combination of wind turbine and diesel generator) in four cyclone shelters of Grameen Bank. Off which 3 are 1.5 kW and one is 10 kW. Power generated from the wind turbines is connected to four cyclone shelters for lighting . Three of which are Grameen Bank and one exclusively used as cyclone shelter.

Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committe(BRAC) under Renewable Energy Programme (REP) installed total 0.3 KW wind turbine at coastal area of Bangladesh

Micro hydro energy  Programme:       

Bangladesh Power Development Board and LGED working with micro hydro. LGED with its Sustainable Rural Energy (SRE) project  has successfully demonstrated first micro-hydro power unit at Bamerchara, Chittagong. Its installed capacity was 10kW but due to inadequate water head about 4kW power was generated. SRE has also carried out a study on prospective micro-hydro sites in the Chittagong Hill Tract reasons and eight potential sites were identified with an estimated capacity of 135kW. SRE also provided technical support to promote indigenous micro-hydro power generation unit which was developed by member of local indigenous community named Mr. Aung Thui Khoyan.