Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Logo
Monday, January 22, 2018 05:54:52 PM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

Solar power users’ energy expenses reduced

By UNB, DHAKA
10th-May-2014       
Comments
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all () »

It was a life for them without electricity until recently. But, things have changed fast when they got access to off-grid solar home system. They are happy as it generates enough power for lights, televisions, radios, mobile phone charging and small appliances, reducing their spending on electricity use.
About 98.8 percent of the solar home system users under a project have been able to reduce their expenses significantly on use of kerosene, candle and torchlight while 89.0 percent of the users found its more environment-friendly one and less hazardous to health.
This was revealed from an impact evaluation survey on 'Rural Electrification through Solar Energy - Revised' project conducted by the Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation Division (IMED) under the Ministry of Planning.
The evaluation survey also found that the expense for using kerosene, candles and charge light have reduced from Tk. 310 to Tk 60 due to connection of solar lighting while extra income due to lesser use of kerosene and candles and change in occupation increased from Tk 1,500 to Tk 2,100 annually.
Those conducted the study visited all the six Palli Bidyut Samities (PBSs) (Sirajganj, Pabna, Natore, Sunamganj, Barisal and Cox's Bazar) under this project and four villages from each PBS were selected through random sampling procedure and from each one of the
villages - 20 users of solar home system (SHS) were selected through systematic random sampling procedure.
Besides, (24 villages X 20 solar users= 480)- for some impressionistic view, 50 users of SHS from Grameen Shakti and IDCOL + 50 users from Grid electricity and 50 non-users of power were) were selected and interviewed.
The solar energy project titled 'Rural Electrification Through Solar Energy - Revised' was implemented by Rural Electrification Board (REB) under Power Division, Ministry of Power, Energy & Mineral Resources spending Tk. 4803.47 Lakh from 2002 to 2008.
The project targeted to connect a total of 11,000 potential consumers by providing 16,000 solar home photo voltaic modules to remote and isolated rural areas of Sirajganj Palli Biddyut Samity (PBS), Natore PBS-2, Pabna PBS-2, Sunamganj PBS, Cox's Bazar PBS and Barisal PBS-1 where grid electricity has no access.
The survey findings also showed that with the implementation of the project, the mean hours of study by children increased from 1.5 hours to 2.8 hours, the mean hours of working by housewives increased from 1.5 hours to 2.4 hours, the number of housewives involved in handicraft increased from 04 to 15 at the present while the number of persons working as solar technicians increased from 4 to 24.
The project evaluation also found that 64.6 percent of the users of solar panels from PBSs are using 40 watt and rest of 35.4 percent users are using 50+ watt of electricity.
On average each household is using 3 bulbs, 18.7 percent of the users had electric fan, followed by 20.0 percent of the users have TV connection and majority of the users (67.7percent) are using solar for charging of their mobiles.

Tariff
Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Editorial »

Migrant workers` early death should worry our govt


A NATIONAL daily reported that at least 3,480 Bangladeshi workers died abroad in 2017, mostly due to stroke or heart attack. Unbearable physical and mental stress, workload, malnutrition, ill health care, thin sleep and rest time, and unhygienic living decrease the life expectancy of the Bangladeshi expatriates workers working in ...

Cricket »

Star all-rounder Shakib in Marquee' player list for IPL Auction


World no. one all-rounder rounder Shakib Al Hasan booked his place in the IPL auctions as a 'Marquee' player list with a base price of RS 2 Crore which is the base price for the all 16 elite players in the Marquee Players' list.The star all-rounder Shakib was placed alongside ...

Entertainment »

Shreya Ghoshal sang a romantic song in Tum Se Milkar


Shreya Ghoshal is known as the melody queen when it comes to romantic songs and her songs are loved by listeners worldwide and this is the reason Shreya is the prime choice for all the film makers whose films are based on romantic theme. Recently Shreya recorded a beautiful romantic ...

City »

A crest being presented to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the inaugural session of 4000th Parakendra at Mitingachhari in Kaptai Upazila through a video conferencing organised jointly by Parbatya Chattagram Development Board and UNICEF from a hotel in the city on Sunday.


International »

Jordan`s king says East Jerusalem must be capital of Palestinian state


Reuters, Amman :Jordan's King Abdullah expressed concern on Sunday over a decision by Washington to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, saying East Jerusalem had to be the capital of a future Palestinian state.In remarks during talks with U.S. Vice Mike Pence in Amman, the king said the only solution to ...

Editorial »

Repatriation will be useless if Myanmar not considers Rohingya as citizens


DHAKA and Naypyidaw both are now making final preparations to repatriate and receive the first batch of Rohingya Muslims despite protest from different quarters for not ensuring their security and fearless movement. According to media reports, Rakhine State's Chief Minister Nyi Pu insisted on completion of the finishing touches on ...

Sports »

Romania`s Ana Bogdan makes a forehand return to United States` Madison Keys during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia on Saturday.


Entertainment »

Aparna in psychological thriller film


Entertainment Desk :National Award  winning actress  Aparna Ghosh has always been lauded for choosing experimental projects for film. Being popular in small screen, she is famous in big screen as well for her extraordinary acting and simplistic smile.The actor steeped into the media through acting in a TV drama titled ...

City »

Different organisations placed floral wreaths at the plaque of Shaheed Asad in front of the main gate of Dhaka Medical College on Saturday marking Shaheed Asad Day.


International »

Sharif`s daughter Maryam to contest in next poll


PTI, Islamabad  :Maryam Nawaz, the media-savvy daughter of ousted Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif, has decided to contest in the next General Election, a prominent newspaper reported on Friday, citing a source in the ruling party. Maryam, 44, was being groomed as the second generation leader of the Pakistan Muslim ...

Editorial »

Trump is also a German un-American immigrant


A YEAR into the Trump presidency, he has set an unprecedented record of displaying the highest form of revulsion against immigrants. Having imposed an immigration and travel ban on a number of Middle Eastern countries, especially Muslims last year once more he has balked at an immigration deal that would ...

Entertainment »

After TV play, Oindrila returns to modelling


Entertainment Report :After a break returning to acting, daughter of late popular actor Bulbul Ahmed, Oindrila Ahmed has become engaged with works. She has already finished shooting of two plays and a telefilm. Yesterday she also returned to modeling. On Friday, Oindrila performed as a model in a new TV ...

Sports »

Russia`s Andrey Rublev makes a backhand return during his third round match against Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia on Friday.


.

City »

Former Adviser to the Caretaker Government Sultana Kamal inaugurating the triennial conference of Bangladesh Mahila Oikya Parishad by releasing balloons at the Jatiya Press Club on Friday.


.

International »

Threat from nukes, other weapons, gathers force: UN Chief


AP, United Nations :Russia's foreign minister warned Thursday that a failure of the Iran nuclear deal, especially as a result of action by the Trump administration, would send "an alarming message" to North Korea and impact all international agreements.Sergey Lavrov took aim at President Donald Trump at a U.N. Security ...

 
Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
 
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Email:
Write a comment to this news