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Durham University

Durham Energy Institute

Past Events

Find out about some of the previous events held by Durham Energy Institute:

DEI Seminar Series: ‘The Unmaking of an Off-Grid Solar Market’

27th June 2019, 13:00 to 14:00, E245, Engineering Department, Dr Fiesal Rahman

This seminar will discuss the successes and difficulties encountered by the world’s largest off-grid solar market and the lessons that can be learnt for scaling up of renewable energy programs in developing countries.

Bangladesh's off-grid solar home systems (SHS) is the largest off-grid program in the world with nearly 4.2 million units installed. The SHS program was developed to raise social development and economic growth by increasing access to electricity in rural areas. The programme led by the Infrastructure Development Company Ltd. (IDCOL), intended to increase access to clean energy/electricity in rural areas through renewable energy and also improve technical and institutional efficiency in the power sector.

The IDCOL programme has been a ground breaking initiative to provide rural people access to electricity and subsequently unlocking other sustainable development benefits. However in the recent years the growth of the SHS market has slowed down drastically due to rapid expansion of the national grid, competing policy targets and also due to the rise of the low-cost generics in the private market.

Learnings from the programme can be very useful for scaling up of renewable energy programs in developing countries.

Feisal Rahman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Science at Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB). He is also the Research Coordinator of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) based in Dhaka. An Environmental Engineer by training, Feisal completed his PhD from the University of Waterloo in Canada. He is presently spending his sabbatical with IHRR as a Visiting Researcher to facilitate further research collaboration between Durham University, ICCCAD and IUB.

This seminar is free to attend and open to all. To register email

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