The long term average sunshine data indicates that the period of bright sunshine hours in the coastal regions of Bangladesh varies from 3 to 11 hours daily. The insolation in Bangladesh varies from 3.8 kWh/m2/day to 6.4 kWh/m2/day at an average of 5 kWh/m2/day. These indicate that there are good prospects for solar thermal and photovoltaic applications in the country. With an estimated 40% of the population in Bangladesh having no access to electricity, the government introduced a scheme known as solar home systems (SHS) to provide electricity to households with no grid access.
The program reached 3 million households as of late 2014 and, with more than 50,000 systems being added per month since 2009, the World Bank has called it "the fastest-growing solar home system program in the world. The Bangladeshi government is working towards universal electricity access by 2021 with the SHS program projected to cover 6 million households by 2017. List of Solar Power Companies in Bangladesh below:
Grameen Shakti (GS) has developed one of the most successful market based programs with a social objective for popularizing Solar Home Systems (SHSs) including other renewable energy technologies to millions of rural villagers. Currently, GS is one of the largest and fastest growing rural based renewable energy companies in the world. In addition, Bangladesh is a country with one of the most successful renewable energy programs in the world. As of December 2012, GS has installed more than 1 million SHSs in rural areas with more than 22,250 SHSs installed per month. This success especially was the result of a unique approach, blending market and social forces together to make the world's most up to date technology to the rural people.
Initial Challenges faced by GS were
- Lack of rural network
- No knowledge or awareness among the rural people
- Lack of trained manpower
- The high upfront cost of renewable energy technologies
- Lack of sources of fund GS
GS used its Grameen Bank's experience to evolve a financial package based on installment payment which reduced costs and helped it reach an economy of scale. GS had to earn the goodwill of the rural people and provide excellent after sales services to ensure the success of its program. GS engineers are also called social engineers. GS engineers trained women technicians and provided them with employment, managed a scholarship program for school children, they collected damaged batteries to ensure that these do not hurt the environment.
GS engineers paid monthly visits to households during installment payments and were ready to offer their services with a small fee after a client signed an annual maintenance agreement with GS.GS solar PV program really took off when rural clients realized SHSs were more cost effective than other conventional sources of energy such as kerosene and provided more utilities.GS started its biogas program in 2005 and Improved Cooking Stoves Program in 2006. GS's biogas program is the first market based program in Bangladesh. Both programs have become popular among rural people and show an accelerating trend.
Rahimafrooz Renewable Energy Ltd. (RREL), is one of the foremost and pioneering solar companies, with more than 25 years of experience of Solarizing Bangladesh. As a company, we specialize as a systems integrator & installer of solar solutions, manufacturer of key solar components, and one-stop service provider for carbon project development.
At RREL, we have established our own fully automated PV module manufacturing plant with a capacity of 18MW, which not only caters to captive requirements but also supplies to other similar organizations and exports abroad. As of date, RREL has so far installed more than 25MWp of the solar system in forms of Solar Home System (SHS), solar pumping solutions, telecom solutions, and on-grid roof-top solutions and decentralized solar community electrification projects, etc.
Key areas of the company:
- Solar Home System (SHS)
- Rooftop Solar Power System
- Solar Telecom Solutions
- Solar-Powered Pumps
- EPC and Projects
Greenfinity Energy Limited:
Greenfinity Energy Limited is a world class solar products and devices manufacturing company with a mission to bring aesthetically pleasing, efficient, and affordable distributed solar power generation to the world. The company has merged high-design architecture with sustainable infrastructure master planning to help corporations, schools, governmental agencies, and other entities deploy - "Solar You Can See"! Greenfinity Energy Works with Solar Energy Research Institute (SERI) as a Research and Development Partner. Greenfinity has emerged to spearhead the encouraging green energy solutions, especially through producing high quality monocrystalline and polycrystalline silicon solar photovoltaic modules of various sizes according to the needs of the people at an affordable cost.
Greenfinity has been acquiring invaluable knowledge on solar photovoltaic technology through its stakeholders, such as skilled workers, researches, technological partners, and well-wishers around the globe. All activities are focused to ensure the vision and mission of the company to be achieved successfully. Greenfinity is firm to present quality end-products as well as Photovoltaic systems to work for a guaranteed period as our humble gift to the people who embrace green lives. Greenfinity is whole-heartedly determined to ensure "Greenfinity for infinity sustainability".
Electro Solar Power Ltd:
Electro Solar Power Ltd. a sister concern of Electro Group comes as the first Solar PV Module manufacturer in Bangladesh. Electro Solar adds a new era in the solar power sector in Bangladesh. Electro Solar Power Ltd was established in 2009 with 1200 square meters of manufacturing plant area at Ashulia, Savar. The workforce comprises 10 engineers and 75 workers. They are all experienced in handling electricity and electronics. We have an enriched R&D facility.
All solar accessories like charge controller, inverters are already developed in this R&D center. We are fully capable of solar panel deployment for a home system of a couple of 10W capacity of large commercial/ industrial systems ranging up to a couple of kilowatt capacity. With the ever-increasing demand for electric power, our country's power infrastructure is lagging behind to meet this demand. Here Electro Solar Power Ltd comes into play with its solar PV panel manufacturing plant. Not only would it ease the burden on existing power infrastructure, but it would also reduce the carbon emission significantly.
Solar energy is totally green and this would reduce the carbon footprint of our country to a great extent. With a push in national energy policy for green solar energy, Electro Solar Power Ltd. would be the pioneer in our country to materialize that push. One of the major missions of Electro Group is to develop local industries to reduce imported commodity, hence reduce foreign currency expenditure of the country and most of all generate employment opportunities out of the above activities. Electro Solar Company Ltd. is one step forward to achieve that goal moving along with Electro Mechanical Service Ltd., EM-Power Ltd., Electro Meter Co. Ltd., and Electro Battery Co. Ltd.
Solar Power & Electric Industries Ltd. a sister concern of GTS GROUP is one of the leading Solar Panel manufacturers in Bangladesh. Here, we are in first and the largest solar panel manufacturer & solar water heater assembler company with the facility of manufacturing solar battery, solar LED Bulbs/Tubes, solar charge controller and we are the experienced solar system/ solar power plant (both on grid & off grid) installer in our country. Our company started its journey in October 2009. The company has been set upon an area of land measuring near about 5 (Five) Acres at Sreenagar Chowrasta, Sreenagar Munshigonj.
All the infrastructural facilities like communication, power, and labor are available at the factory side. Our world-class production plant is equipped with the latest technology and machinery that complies with specific national and international standards and requirements. We have dedicated teams of world class engineers, technician team, marketing and sales, and quality control experts on product development. We operate on the basis of sound management principles and techniques. Our strict quality assurance program ensures all our products to meet international standards. We ensure the best product at competitive prices. Cash memo/Warranty is committed to providing immediate product supports and excellent customer services. We observe labor laws and have proper personnel actions.
InGen Technology Ltd. was formed in 2007 to promote eco-friendly renewable energy products in Bangladesh. Its product comprises Solar and Alternate Power Solutions like Solar Power Packs, IPS, UPS.InGen Technology Ltd. is one of the first local companies to team up with IDCOL (Infrastructure Development Company Limited) for its persuasive sales of eco-friendly equipment. Complemented with quality human resources our present representation expands in 60 locations in the form of Branch offices and currently, we have 18000+ subscribers for Solar Homes.
InGen is also associated with Telecom operators across the country in Installation and Commissioning of Solar System to 100+ BTS sites. Currently, over 1000 Unions under the Digital Bangladesh Project have been fitted with InGen Solar Power Solution which has allowed Union Level Offices with power supply where National Grid isn’t available.InGen has successfully completed a project as one of the biggest in Bangladesh under the Grid-tie System Project for the Bureau of Statistics, generating 201KW of power.
It has also set up a 50KW Hybrid System for Hi-Tech Park at Kaliakoir. It is a dealer of Ascot of Italy for its full range of Hybrid DC Generators. Its contribution to Green Energy reflects a generation of around 7MW of electricity through Solar Power and 1MW through Solar Homes. It also pledges to play an active role in promoting Green Products to create a pollution-free Bangladesh for the next generation.