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Introduction

Electricity is a very important factor in improving the economy and the standard of living of a country. It must be generated using the national resource of that country. Bangladesh largely depends on natural gas and hydropower stations to generate major portion of power. Unfortunately, the country lags behind than its expected production capacity. Bangladesh is experiencing an acute shortage of electric power that is likely to be worsen day by day which stresses the need for the deployment of renewable energy resources to address this energy crisis. Renewable energy is the energy that comes from different types of natural resources mainly sunlight, wind, rain, tides, and geo thermal heat, bio-diesel, bio-fuel etc. In Bangladesh, nearly 72% of the population lives in rural areas and renewable energy is considered to be the right choice for providing clean energy to these remote settlement. Padakhep, since its inception, has taken some environment-friendly initiatives to fulfill the need of power for the rural areas through alternative sources of energy.

Major Activities
Rural Electrification & Renewable Energy Development Project (REREDP)

Solar energy is a great source for solving power crisis in Bangladesh. With that end in view, Infrastructure Development Company LTD. (IDCOL) launched RERED project. The project supplements the Government's vision of ensuring 'Access to Electricity for All' by 2021. IDCOL's Solar Energy Program is one of the fastest growing renewable energy programs in the world. It has brought in positive changes in the livelihood of remote rural areas of Bangladesh by providing access to electricity. Padakhep has been implementing the project with the financial assistance of IDCOL. Besides cash sale, Padakhep provided loan to the beneficiaries for installation of solar home system for solar energy. Rangamati, Khagrachhori, Bandarban, Chittagong, Magura, Rajshahi, Lalmonirhat, Rangpur, Nilphamari, Panchagor, B-Baria, Sunamgonj, Gazipur, Dinajpur, Bogra, Gaibandha and Kurigram districts that are not currently covered by national electricity grid, are the working areas of the project.



Objective

Major objective of the project is to improve livelihood status of the poor beneficiaries by providing supply of renewable solar energy and thereby ensure clean environment.



Overall Impacts of the program
  • Solar home energy system reduces carbon emissions and thereby ensure clean environment.
  • Students can study more time after school with better quality light in their homes.
  • Small shops and market stalls are able to remain open after sunset, meaning more customers and more income for small traders.
  • As more and more income generating facilities and opportunities are available due to the availability of solar energy, it has the potential to reduce poverty in rural areas.