Making Renewable Energy a Success in Bangladesh: Getting the Business Model Right

Publication | December 2015

This paper analyzes the success of the solar home system program in Bangladesh, which today provides clean, reliable electricity to more than 16 million people in rural off-grid areas.

The paper describes the impact and benefits of the program; various components of the adopted technology, warranties, and disposal aspects; and highlights the price fluctuations of its components in the global market. It outlines how the program’s business model was the main success factor for its immense scalability. The final section looks at the business model of the program, its current challenges, and other renewable energy applications.


  • Tables and Figures
  • Abstract
  • Abbreviations
  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Solar Home System Dissemination in Bangladesh
  • Infrastructure Development Company Limited's Solar Home System Program
  • Solar Home System Technology
  • Business Model
  • Key Challenges and Way Forward
  • Conclusion
  • References

Additional Details

  • Energy
  • Clean energy
  • Environment
  • Eco-efficiency
  • Bangladesh
  • WPS157754-2
  • 2313-5867 (Print)
  • 2313-5875 (e-ISSN)


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