In a nation where a considerable population face blackouts in their daily lives, a bid to go completely solar, is definitely a welcome change. Bangladesh has been reeling under severe power issues and blackouts right from its inception as an independent nation. With tropical climate and sunlight being abundant, this small nation has now geared up to be the first solar nation of the world, perhaps a feet that will solve power crisis unprecedentedly in the region. The Bangladeshi government wants every household in the nation to be solar powered by 2021, and to do so they are focusing on what they call solar home systems (SHS). Solar home systems are provided by the government to homes, that do not have access to the main power grid, thus supplying power where there previously was none.
This mega project is partially funded by World Bank, and the Bangladeshi government is making a major push forward to bring solar power to each and every home in the country. Currently, some 15 million homes are powered completely by solar energy in Bangladesh. This figure is up from around 1 million just four years ago. The rate of growth for this project is simply astounding. Each month, a SHS is installed in 50,000-60,000 new households, bringing power and light where none existed before. Some months, like May 2014, have seen as many as 80,000 homes connected to solar.
The stellar plans of the government can be gouged as they wish to generate 220 megawatts of electricity for around 6 million households by 2017 through the SHS program. Each system uses a solar panel installed on the roof of an individual home, and a 250-watt panel can produce up to 1 kilowatt of power a day. These installations are going to prove a major boon to the Bangla residents with positive implications on agriculture, industries and general household power supply. Needless to say, this solar aspiration is going to have an overwhelming impact on each and every household of this small developing nation, in more ways than one.