Solar Home Systems (SHSs) Program
Bangladesh is one of the most densely populated countries with 79% of the population living in rural areas. Again the electricity coverage is only 49% at per capita electricity consumption is about 140 kWh which is one of the lowest in the world. Though we are most densely populated country but maximum of our people do not have the advantages of electricity. MAKS Renewable Energy Company Limited (MRECL) is involved in Solar Home Systems (SHSs) Program to electrify the rural areas of Bangladesh where majority people are living. MAKS Renewable Energy Company Limited (MRECL) has been implementing Solar Home Systems (SHS) Program since 2009 the technical and financial support of Infrastructure Development Company Ltd (IDCOL), a World Bank, GIZ, KfW, ADB, IDB, GPOBA, JICA, USAID and DFID supported Government owned renewable energy program in the off-grid areas of Bangladesh.
Above 5000 SHSs have already been installed under the program in the off-grid rural areas of Bangladesh till December 2014. Initially this program started with 8 branches. Consequently this program increased rapidly by 30 branches in December 2013 & within 2015 there will be above 150 branches all around Bangladesh.
Solar Home Systems are economically viable solutions to get electricity to villages where electricity grids would be too expensive to build.
Solar Home Systems meet the basic electricity needs of rural people, who would have otherwise been dependent on kerosene lamps for lighting. The electricity provided from the systems has helped children spend more time studying, and new opportunities are emerging for village enterprises. Rural markets can now remain open longer hours after dark and conduct brisk business due to the solar lights. Also they are getting the facilities of latest technologies in communication, transportation, health, drinking water etc. through solar energy, which is adding a great contribution to the country socio-economic development.
Branches of MRECL
|Number of Divisions||Number of Districts||Number of Upazilas||Number of Branches||SHSs Installed|
MRECL Solar Home Systems (SHSs) Program Coverage Map
|SL||Wattage of PV modules||Battery Size||No. of Light||Additional appliances on customer's choice|
|1||20 Watt||30 Ampere||3||Mobile Chargers|
|2||30 Watt||30 Ampere||3||1 Fan, Mobile Chargers|
|3||45 Watt||45 Ampere||3||1 Fan, 1 TV, Mobile Chargers|
|4||60 Watt||60 Ampere||4||1 Fan, 1 TV, Mobile Chargers|
|5||80 Watt||80 Ampere||5||2 Fan, 1 TV, Mobile Chargers|
|6||90 Watt||90 Ampere||7||2 Fan, 1 TV, Mobile Chargers|