Gallery: Solar Energy Powers 1 Million Homes in Bangladesh


Although roof-mounted photovoltaic panels may not be a common sight yet in the West, the technology is really heating up in Asia – specifically in Bangladesh. According to local officials, the number of solar-powered households in the Asian nation now amounts to over one million. Under-investment in the country’s infrastructure means that the country’s power plants only generate around 4,700 megawatts of electricity a day against a demand of 6,000 megawatts, so some 60 percent of Bangladesh’s 150 million people have no access to mains electricity. As a result, the power-hungry, fair-weathered country has exhibited the fastest expansion of solar technology in the world.

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  1. JGHunter June 19, 2011 at 4:37 am

    Correction to Caeman… there is kinetic energy sources too, such as Pavegen. This is even more reliable than solar (unless everyone in the world stops moving).

  2. caeman June 16, 2011 at 10:28 am

    Solar is a natural choice for this environment. And pretty much is the only choice if you want electricity.

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