GIZ, Grameenphone and German market leader Solarworld AG join hands in promoting green energy solutions for Bangladesh
Grameenphone Ltd. signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammanarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and Solar Solution, representing Solarworld AG, Germany, with a view to embark on a feasibility study on low cost Green Energy Solutions.
Enlarge image GIZ, Grameenphone and German market leader Solarworld AG join hands (© Press Section, German Embassy, Dhaka) The purpose of the study is to discover new, innovative and cost effective technologies and/or solutions for renewable energy to meet the energy demands of the rural people of Bangladesh and develop a sustainable energy supply for future growth prospects. The survey will be conducted at Gorgorir Char (Chak Ramoura) , Upazila Bagha of Rajshahi district. The result of the study is expected to be disseminated among the stakeholders before the end of 2011.
Acting Country Director Erich Otto Gomm, CEO of Solar Solution Farooq Siddiqui and Chief Communication Officer of Grameenphone Kazi Monirul Kabir signed the tripartite agreement. Mr. Tanveer Mahmud, Chief Technology Officer of Grameenphone was present.
Witnessing the signing ceremony, the Chargé d'Affaires of the German Embassy, Rolf Reinhard, welcomed the initiative “This is an excellent example of private-public-partnership in Corporate Social Responsibility. Grameenphone and Solarworld are two leading private sector companies in their respective fields which join hands with GIZ, the German Government's implementing agency for development cooperation, and pool their resources, know-how and experience in order to improve life in the villages of Bangladesh.”
In Bangladesh, about 100 million people do not have direct access to electricity.
The promotion of renewable energy and energy efficiency is one of the priority areas of the German-Bangladesh development cooperation. GIZ and KfW in cooperation GIZ with various stakeholders develop and provide energy solutions for Bangladesh and have so far achieved the dissemination of more than 1 million solar home systems in rural areas. The Solar Home Systems are affordable for many households and have become increasingly popular in rural areas. Another successful innovation are improved stoves which use energy for cooking more efficiently and, equally important, reduce the health hazard of indoor air pollution caused by smoke from traditional stoves. However, to meet the energy demand of isolated rural communities, additional options and solutions are needed.