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BRAC

Overview

Formerly known as the Bangladesh Rehabilitation Assistance Committee, BRAC was founded in 1972 by Sir Fazle Hasan Abed as a small-scale relief and rehabilitation project for war refugees. BRAC is now dedicated to alleviating poverty by empowering the poor in bringing change to their lives.

Solar Power

BRAC launched a solar energy program for sustainable development in December 2007 to install 20,000 SHS solar panels with the support from the Infrastructure Development Company Limited, funded by the Government of Bangladesh and the World Bank. To date, it has installed 38,872 SHS in Bangladesh.

Outcomes:

  • Solar units have been acquired by mid-size poultry farms and fishery projects, thereby contributing to income
  • Grocery shops, restaurants and tea-stalls in rural markets have purchased solar energy units from BRAC and are able to function more smoothly and attract more customers
  • People use BRAC’s solar home systems to charge mobile phones and watch television, increasing consumers' access to information and entertainment
  • Children are able to study with greater ease at night because of the additional energy storage capacity

Biogas

BRAC conducted an action-oriented research project on rural electrification by biogas generation called Project Emergence. The project plans to establish mini power plants (MPP) in rural Bangladesh, each of which will be owned and operated by two borrowers in a microcredit programme.

The project plans to use cow dung and utilizing a Stirling engine to produce electricity, fertilizer, and heat for drying. In addition to using biogas, the Stirling engine may also use alternative fuels even kerosene.

 
source:
http://www.lged-rein.org/brac.php(external link), http://www.brac.net/content/social-enterprises-alternative-energy-and-renewables(external link), http://archive.oneworld.net/article/view/111073(external link)