The Bangladeshi government is bidding for more partners to take part in its off-grid “Taka” programme, which aims to bring renewable household electricity, street lighting and cooking stoves to every off-grid community in the country. Generation The state-runInfrastructure Development Company (IDCOL) has overseen the installation of 1.2million clean energy systems over the last four years, in partnership with 58local partner organisations. The government aims for renewables to power 10% of the country’s energy needs, including community solar projects, biogas, solar street lights and solar-powered cookers under the Taka scheme. IDCOL wants more NGOs, micro-finance companies and private organisations to participate. Eligible partners should be profitable, have at least 3 years’ experience of deploying solar projects including the deployment of 2,000 solar home systems, 500 solar street lights, 50 net-metered solar rooftop arrays with minimum capacities of 10kW, or any combination of these. UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR “The benefit of the program is [to] marginal people who do not have capacity to buy solar home. [They] are getting access to the electricity under the initiative,” he said. Criteria for off-grid developers Organisations must beregistered with the relevant authorities, and private entities organised underBangladeshi law and incorporated with the country’s registrar of Joint StockCompanies are also eligible. Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA BRICS TAGSBangladeshoff-gridsolar power Previous articleAbout DISTRIBUTECH International 2021Next articleShell study finds LNG demand increased by 12.5% in 2019 Babalwa BunganeBabalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa – Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast. Dipal C Barua from Bright Green Energy Foundation is one of the Taka partners noted that solar home systems under the scheme have a typical capacity of 20-30W, which customers pay for as part of a monthly plan, but Barua, who is also president of the Bangladesh Solar and Renewable Energy Association, confirmed to news site PV International that the Taka scheme involved supplying systems free of charge. With the government hoping to allocate a Taka partner company to every off-grid community in the country, demand for solar infrastructure from local suppliers is expected, along with an increased demand for engineering, procurement and construction service providers. Read more about off-grid solutions Those interested in participating must have a “successful track record and experience in installation of solar energy systems”, according to IDCOL. Sign up for the ESI Africa newsletter AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector Finance and Policy Off-grid market in Bangladesh. Image credit: IDCOL Off-grid is a key topic at the African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa conference. Click here to register to attend or for more information about the event. Participatingorganisations will also be expected to provide a three-year warranty andservice the equipment for three years free of charge.