GUK Solar Power

Executive Summary:
Bangladesh as a whole is always running short of electricity. Particularly the char areas in the river belt of Padma, Jamuna & Testa along with its embankments and the remote hard to reach rural villages in northern part of Bangladesh have not yet been covered by the grid.

Most of the people living in rural areas in Bangladesh depend on kerosene lamp for their daily lighting purpose after dusk. Solar lamp (Solar Bati) can be used reasonably by the people; but relatively expensive solar lamp makes them averted to use it. A large number of households do not imagine getting electricity for a long time. Even the well-off households do not expect to use a generator in rural areas. So, it is an important issue to make efficient solar lamp affordable for quality life in the foreseeable future. According to GS experiences, small solar home systems are affordable, popular and long lasting with small maintenance. By designing small solar home system with DC appliances it would be possible to create a popular market of solar electricity in GUK proposed project area. DC solar components are available and cheaper than AC solar system, which low income earning people can afford.

Background of SHS project:
GUK implemented Solar Home Systems in small scale in island char areas under Sariakandi upazilla of Bogra district during implementation of the Chars Livelihoods Program (CLP) over the period 2005-2010. GUK has the experience of installing Solar panels during the period from July 2005-December 2010 & in total 153 solar home panels were installed in char areas being the area out of grid.

Having this track record GUK has been awarded as Participating Organization (PO) under participation agreement between Infrastructure Development Company Ltd. (IDCOL) and Gram Unnayan Karma (GUK) for implementation of the project activities as per terms & conditions laid down in the agreement.

The objective of the project is to improve access of solar energy replacing kerosene lamp with solar lamp (solar bati) for better health of rural people reducing respiratory infections through mitigating indoor air pollution in north west region.

Expected outputs:
The primary output of the project will be to ensure
•Poor people have access to solar energy at affordable cost
•Ensure quality product and warranty support
•Continue technical training at the group level
•Develop quality products through technical assistance from supplier & research Centre;
•Select qualified local NGOs/Shop keepers for the program on the basis of selected institutional characteristics and train staff to carry out projects;
•Enter the solar market through local Micro credit staff and Branches;
•Develop a social marketing approach and balance between subsidy and price of the product to ensure that the program is based on market driven initiative.
•Monitor output, effectiveness and the satisfaction of consumers and ensure after sale service;

Expected impacts:
•Alleviate ill-health effects of breathing smoke from carbon monoxide
•Reduce morbidity and lead to better quality of life

Working Area:

Sl No.DistrictUpazilaBranch


Sl No.ActivityAchievement
1Staff orientation on project operation & management18 staffs
2Coordination meeting with stakeholders20 participants
3Promotional activities for installation of SHSContinue
4Installed SHS sets89

Future plan:
Under this project 5000 SHS will be installed in the rural areas/ out of electricity grid under 50 branch offices of GUK.