Bangladesh witnessed a 27 percent year-on-year jump in the number of solar home systems installed last year, thanks to a drop in the production cost aided by technological advancement.
By the end of 2017, the country installed 5.2 million SHSs, which are stand-alone photovoltaic systems that offer a cost-effective mode of supplying power for lighting and appliances to remote off-grid households.
The custom-made SHSs had a total capacity of 218 megawatts, according to the “Renewables 2018-Global Status Report”, which is released annually by Paris-based energy think-tank REN21 in June.
According to the report, 17 million Bangladeshis use SHSs, making it the country with the second highest number of people who avail the system after India, which has 148 million users.
This means about 13 percent of the population in Bangladesh gained access to electricity through off-grid solar home systems.