Access to energy

Case study

Solar Home Systems in Bangladesh

This case study examines a program of rural electrification in Bangladesh by means of solar home systems (SHS). Bangladesh ranks among the lowest in the world for population with access to electricity. In 2003, the Infrastructure Development Company Limited (IDCOL) launched the SHS program to provide cost-effective electricity to the rural population of Bangladesh. Using an ownership model, customers financed the purchase of SHS from partner organizations (POs). 

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Prepayment Metering in Bangladesh

This case examines how the public utility in Chittagong, Bangladesh’s second-largest city, completely eliminated the theft of electricity that had plagued its operation since the early 1990s by installing prepaid meters. The Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) used to lose millions of dollars a year to electricity theft, a practice facilitated by corrupt meter readers and metering technology that made it easy to illegally tap power lines. 

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Modern Energy Services in Low and Middle-Income Countries

How can strategies and technologies be developed to provide poor people in remote areas with sustainable access to modern energy? This case study contrasts three interventions—in Kenya, Mali, and Mozambique— in order to learn from their successes and failures. It shows how projects were scaled up when results were positive and cut back when they failed to meet expectations.

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How to Expand Rural Power Supply through Large-Scale Electrification (1966-1978)

This case study examines the Republic of Korea’s Rural Electrification Project, which was carried out by the Korean government and Korea Electricity Power Corporation (KEPCO) between 1970 and 1987.